Tibet is as its worst as of now . Standing as an independent country, is very disadvantageous.
It is nothing less than a suicide.
It explains the Llama's worries.
But I think I know why Dalai prefers China to India.
He's a spiritual leader and not a political one. Tibetans place religion over region. He's seen that there is no scope for Tibetan Buddhism in India. Whereas, Buddhism is one of the national religions of China.
Chinese government will probably let them practice their religion and give Tibet a resource to sustain it's spiritual and political splendor.
The stronger a light shines the darker are the shadows around it.
A blunt knife or rusted knife can't be useful for anything just for the sake we call it as the knife similar to PayTM series or Sachin or Virat records.
'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
Even this challenging situation would ease
However in modern days, after the break up of USSR, spread of capitalism and free trade and China's position as a trade partner and manufacture hub, inter national relationship equation gets revised and rewritten frequently.
Time causes fatigue for adamant standing. Once vitriolic leaders mellow down due to age and come to see practical sides.
In Dalai Lama's case, it was one of the major blocking point in Indo-China relations. But slowly India also accepted Tibet as China's part. The new generation in Tibet do not have the same strong sentimental and principled stand against China. They have started enjoying the fruits of developmental activities by China,though they were road-rollered initially by force and compulsion.
India also feels that it cannot risk acidity in Indo-China relations just to favour Dala Lama. The Nehru time sentiments have now withered away, and modern leaders do not have such sentimental relations with Dalai Lama. Tibet matter prevents relaxation i other matters by China.
All these would have persuaded Dalai Lama to be practical and say that Tibet wants to stay in China.