The crisis in Tibet has been so intense for so long it sometimes appears there is no hope for a brighter future for the Tibetans. However, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has recently expressed views which are more optimistic on this matter. The Tibet Sun reported on Sept. 14, 2013, "Dalai Lama says China’s Tibet policy now more realistic."
On Friday His Holiness the Dalai Lama said that he believed China was being more realistic about Tibet after decades of what he has termed as failed hardline policies. Although Beijing has continued to accuse the Dalai Lama of encouraging separatism and violence, he has consistently said over the years that he is only seeking meaningful autonomy for Tibetans within China and that he accepts Chinese rule.
While on a recent visit to Lithuania the Dalai Lama said, “China’s hardliner policy completely failed. Chinese leaders are really now trying to approach it more realistically." He feels that is a very hopeful sign. The Dalai Lama is well liked in Lithuania. He was among the first public figures to welcome the the nation's independence in 1990 after a half-century of Soviet rule.