Kuala Lumpur: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has said that China needs to learn from India about democracy which brings in harmony among people of different languages and ethnic backgrounds.

"In India, because of the rule of law, there is harmony in society, which has different languages and scripts. Democracy in this country is very deeply rooted not because of the country's poor conditions, but because of transparency," the Dalai Lama told a daily.

Noting that military occupation would not solve problems, the spiritual leader said that in China, there are state secrets.

People in China should learn from India's experience. He stressed that the world trend was the rule of law, transparency, fairness, honesty and respect for human values. Dalai said China was going to counter to the trends and needed to learn from India about democracy.

"I laughed when I heard the Chinese government had called me a splittist. I take pity with the Chinese hard-liners. They are harmful to their future," he told the paper in Dharamsala.

He said he was confident that he would live up to the age of 113, visit Beijing, witness a free Tibet and pass on his political power to an elected leader.

Some 20 or 30 years from now, he said he would concentrate on his spiritual, not political role.

(Agencies)