The Dalai Lama has told the European Parliament in Strasbourg that the EU should offer “constructive criticism” to China.
The Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader made both serious and light-hearted comments during his visit.
He said he hoped that the Tibetan issue would be resolved.
“There is hope and I think it is important that the outside world, particularly like the EU, I think with sincere motivation to in order to help People`s Republic of China with some sort of constructive criticism, is sometimes necessary,” said the Dalai Lama.
Communist troops took control of Tibet in 1950 in what Beijing calls a “peaceful liberation.”
The Dalai Lama fled to India nine years later after a failed uprising against the Chinese.
“We are not seeking independence,” he said. “History is history. We are very much impressed [by] the spirit of the European union – independent sort of sovereign states – important but not so important.”
The Dalai Lama says he wants genuine autonomy for his Himalayan homeland.