Oct. 15 (Standford Daily): In a rare private event during 4 days in the San Francisco Bay Area, His Holiness the Dalai Lama met with Chinese and Tibetan students and scholars after giving two public lectures at Stanford the same day. Greeting a group of Chinese college students from Stanford and UC-Berkeley, Dalai Lama said 1.3 billion Chinese have the right to know the reality and to judge for themselves what’s right and what’s wrong. “Therefore the censorship is immoral. It’s self-destructive,” he said.
China’s trust deficit is a hindrance to talks between Tibet and the Chinese government over Tibet’s autonomy. The Dalai Lama called the tension “man-made” and said it can “easily be solved” if the Chinese government understands that Tibet is not seeking separation or independence, but instead “meaningful autonomy” of governance.