The predictions of His Holiness the Dalai Lama that the new Chinese President, Xi Jinping, might come forward with humane reforms in dealing with Tibet appear to be coming true. The Central Tibetan Administration reported on Sept. 30, 2013, "Xi Jinping hopes traditional faiths can fill moral void in China: sources."
In perhaps one of the most radical reformist statements in dealing with China's traditional cultures since the Communist Revolution under Mao, Xi has said he hopes China’s traditional cultures, or faiths, which include Confucianism, Buddhism and Taoism, will help fill a void which has allowed corruption to flourish.
President Xi Jinping has expressed feelings that he sees China as losing its moral compass and he wants the ruling Communist Party to be more tolerant of traditional faiths, with hopes these will help fill a vacuum which has been created by the country’s enormous growth and rush to get rich. Xi grew up in Mao’s puritan China and he has been is troubled by what he sees as the country’s moral decline and blind obsession with money.
Under Communism just after Mao's revolution the crime rate in China was low and corruption was rare. However, between 2008 and 2012 there were about 143,000 government officials, or an average of 78 a day, convicted of graft or dereliction of duty.
Xi feels that his anti-corruption initiatives can only cure symptoms and that reform of the political system along with faiths are needed to cure what he sees as the disease of corruption. These sentiments expressed by Xi may help bring new respect in China for the traditional values of Tibetans.