Tibet’s spiritual leader has told British comedian John Oliver that it is very possible he may be the last Dalai Lama, and China is “short-sighted” if it thinks it can appoint their own.

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Beijing could appoint a 15th Dalai Lama when the 81-year-old, who lives in exile in India, dies. When asked about whether he was concerned, the Dalai Lama said that Chinese leaders were not “using the human brain properly.”

“It’s harmful… Our brain usually, you see, [has] the ability to create common sense. The Chinese hardliners, in their brains, that part of the brain is missing,” he said, adding that they were very concerned about the image of China.

In response, Oliver said: “I’m happy to sit here to criticise China with you, because the consequences for me are not necessarily as bad as they are for you.”

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