Dalai Lama says he prefers to stay in India

The 86-year-old Dalai Lama, taking part in an online news conference anchored in Tokyo, answered journalists' questions mainly on China.

When asked about Taiwan, the center of increased military tension in the region, he said he thought the island nation was the true repository of China's ancient culture and traditions since on the mainland it is now "too politicised."

"I think mainland Chinese brothers (and) sisters can learn a lot from Taiwanese brothers (and) sisters. That's my feeling, eventually I really pray (for a) unified Taiwan and Mainland China...peaceful," he said.

Though the Dalai Lama has no particular plans to meet with Chinese leader Xi Jinping, he said he would like to visit the country again to see old friends since he is growing older.

China seized control of Tibet after its troops entered the region in 1950 in what it calls a "peaceful liberation". Tibet has since become one of the most restricted and sensitive areas in the country.

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