Calling China a "great nation", Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama today said he admired the country and its hardworking people.
"China is a great nation with long history, cultured, hardworking people I admire," he said while responding to a query by mediapersons on the sidelines of an event at a public school in Rajendra Nagar.
Responding to another query, he said, "India and China are two most populous nations, neighbours and have close friendship and mutual trust. It is very necessary not only for Tibet but for Asia."
During his interaction, he encouraged students to spread the message of love and peace as violence and hate is being spread throughout the world.
Students are the strong pillars of the country, he said.