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Video conferencing for the Dalai Lama

In a bid to bypass the authorities, the Dalai Lama has been using video conferencing to communicate with the Chinese public, it was reported in Sify News.

It is alleged that the 75 year old used an internet based solution to speak to human rights lawyer, Jiang Tianyong and civil rights activist Teng Biao last month. This was the first time such technology had been utilised by the spiritual guru.

Well regarded writer, Wang Lixong who organised the session said: “If interactions like these are deemed constructive for Sino-Tibetan relations and understanding each other further, then in the future I think and I hope that many Chinese scholars and concerned people will take part.”

The use of cyber technology, political commentators observe, is to reach the ordinary Chinese men and women, avoiding the Chinese establishment and as an attempt to counteract it’s stand against the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Cause.

In his interaction, the Dalai Lama spoke about a variety of subjects concerning Tibetan exiles. At the end of his broadcast, he concluded with: “can you see my face clearly? Can you see my grey eyebrows? See you later.”

The Dalai Lama has for some time had a Twitter profile and regularly tweets his 1,278,405 followers. A transcript of the video conference is available via the social media site.