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The Dalai Lama said China, as the world's most populous nation, deserves to host the Olympics but it must look seriously at repairing its human rights record "in order to be a good host."
He laughed at suggestions that the exile government was fueling the anti-Chinese protests, saying it was the natural result of deep resentment caused by China's treatment of Tibetans as second class citizens in their own land.
The Dalai Lama -- who fled his homeland 29 years ago after a failed uprising, said Tibet's "ancient cultural heritage" is threatened with extinction by China.
He said the officials in the Chinese government's local administration in Tibet were "very, very negative" toward the native Tibetans, which prevents development of a "harmonious society."
Tibet, he said, is seeking autonomy necessary to safeguard its heritage.
"We are not seeking separation," he said. In fact, he said, Tibet can enjoy modernization through its connection to China.
China was using force to gain stability and peace, but it would always be superficial, he said.
True harmony and unity must come from the heart, the Dalai Lama said.