Tibetan freedom was once a major cause in the U.S., but today it gets very little attention. Was it a fad here?
Any sort of problem, initially, is something fresh. Then time passes ... I feel the Tibetan issue, comparatively, remains quite strong.
Has the U.S. backed away from addressing human-rights issues in China because Beijing is a more important economic power?
No, I don't think so ... Freedom, democracy, justice--these are American principles. [For] some people, economics are more important ... That's a mistake. Look at Africa, Syria. Because of lack of moral principle, human life becomes worthless. Moral principle,...