His Holiness the Dalai Lama has shared an interest in opening up a dialogue about Tibet with the Chinese leadership in Beijing. The Central Tibetan Administration reported on Oct. 21, 2013, "New Chinese leadership should use common sense: His Holiness the Dalai Lama." The Dalai Lama has encouraged the new Chinese leadership to use common sense and follow Deng Xiaoping’s wisdom of seeking truth from facts, as he has explained most Tibetans do not seek separation from China.
While delivering a public talk on ‘The Virtue of Non-Violence’ in New York on Oct. 20, 2013, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said that over the last 60 years four distinct eras have been seen, including "Mao’s era of ideology; Deng Xiaoping’s era of creating wealth; Jiang Zemin’s welcoming the better-off into the party and Hu Jintao’s not entirely successful attempts to secure a harmonious society." The Dalai Lama has expressed the belief that harmony is essential, but it can only be secured by trust and respect and not by the use of force.
The Dalai Lama has expressed the hope that in the new era associated with Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang which has begun, they will exercise common sense and follow Deng’s admonition to seek truth from the facts. He has gone on to reiterate that an overwhelming number of Tibetans do not seek independence but instead seek genuine autonomy for Tibet within the framework of the Chinese constitution.
President Xi Jinping, who is the current paramount leader of China, has the attributes to foster a radical new era in China due to his highly sophisticated grass roots views of the world as seen by his marrriage to Peng Liyuan, who is a superstar folk singer. Xi has survived radical changes in China ever since Mao's revolution and has managed to maintain the appearance of a well educated and yet down to earth and adept Chinese politician.
If Xi chooses to work towards a radical humane rapprochement with the Tibetans he has within him the capacity to succeed in ending an era of horrible relations between the Chinese authorities and the Tibetans. In fact he should consider requesting a personal meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama to discuss the future of Tibet. Xi would be welcomed by Tibetans and their friends worldwide as a man in search of peace.