Published: Wednesday 23rd November, 2016
Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said on Wednesday, November 23 that he would visit U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, a meeting that would infuriate Beijing which views the Nobel Peace Prize-winning monk as a dangerous separatist, Reuters reports.
Speaking during a visit to Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar and asked about the U.S. election, the Dalai Lama said he had always considered the United States a “leading nation of the free world”.
“I think there are some problems to go to United States, so I will go to see the new president,” he told reporters, without elaborating.
President Barack Obama met the Dalai Lama at the White House in June despite a warning by China that it would damage diplomatic relations, Obama’s fourth White House meeting with the Dalai Lama in the past eight years.
The Dalai Lama, speaking in English, brushed off some of the U.S. election campaign rhetoric.
“Sometimes I feel during election the candidate has more freedom to express. Once elected, having the responsibility, then they have to tell you their sort of vision, their works according to reality.”
China regards the Dalai Lama as a separatist, though he says he merely seeks genuine autonomy for his Himalayan homeland Tibet, which Communist Chinese troops “peacefully liberated” in 1950.