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Asia Briefing

— Global


The image-savvy Dalai Lama is this month's style Leader, and we report on Russia's celebration of its Second World War victory over Japan.

Dalai Lama, Pataca, Russian Victory Day

Style leader No.28

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The Dalai Lama is one of the more contradictory figures to adorn the geo-political stage: his popular reputation as a naïve prophet of peace is substantially the result of a razor-sharp ­understanding of the value of image. While the robes in which Tibet’s spiritual leader shrouds himself are certainly the garb of the Bhuddhist monk that he is, they are also part of the Dalai Lama’s shrewd efforts to project himself as affable, somewhat quaint, even vaguely hip. It is hard to imagine that his company…


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