As envoys of the Dalai Lama this week prepared to stage fence-mending talks in China, the exiled spiritual leader urged Tibetans to be open to all possible options in relation to finding a resolution.
Speaking in Tokyo during a week-long visit for talks on spirituality, the Dalai Lama said: “My trust in the Chinese government has become thinner, thinner, thinner. Suppression (in Tibet) is increasing and I cannot pretend that everything is OK.
“I have to accept failure. Meantime among Tibetans in recent years, our approach failed to bring positive change inside Tibet, so criticism has also increased. So there is no other alternative than to ask people.
“Things (are) not going well… I have to accept failure.”