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Dalai Lama: 'Chairman Mao saw me as a son'

24 June 2012 Last updated at 10:18 BST

The Dalai Lama has said that the former Chinese communist leader Mao Zedong treated him "as a son" when they met in the spiritual leader's youth.

In an interview with The Andrew Marr Show, he spoke of their warm relationship and also joked about Chairman Mao's smoking habit.