Published online June 13, 2013 by Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
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His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama joins us in Sydney to share his thoughts on Tibetan autonomy, the lack of a meeting with the Australian Prime Minister, and the ever-invasive presence of technology in our lives.
LEIGH SALES, PRESENTER: In the past three years, more than a hundred Tibetans are reported to have set themselves on fire – so-called self-immolation – to protest continuing Chinese rule and brutality. It’s a disturbing trend in a country that’s long embraced non-violent protest against China.
The country’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has always advocated a peaceful approach to resisting oppression. But, as China’s power grows and the Dalai Lama ages – he’s now 78 – there are questions about whether his influence is waning.