China warns people about Dalai Lama’s ‘true nature’ after he meets singer Lady Gaga in US
China warned people to be aware of what it said are the nefarious motives of the Dalai Lama after he met American singer Lady Gaga on a trip to the United States and spoke about love and compassion.
“The purpose of his visits and activities in other countries is just to promote his proposal for Tibetan independence,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Monday.
Beijing critcises the Tibetans’ spiritual leader as a political figure who advocates splitting the Himalayan region of Tibet from the rest of China.
However, the Dalai Lama says he simply wants a higher degree of autonomy under Chinese rule.
On Sunday, before speaking at the US Conference of Mayors in Indianapolis, he met Lady Gaga.
The official website of the office of the Dalai Lama reported that Lady Gaga interviewed him in an exchange of questions and answers streamed live over Facebook.
The singer asked how to help young people with self-esteem issues or who harm themselves and he said “paying more attention to inner values like love and compassion are the right approach”.
Asked about the Dalai Lama’s meeting with Lady Gaga, Hong said: “We hope that people from the international community can be fully aware of his true colours and nature.”
The Dalai Lama also met US President Barack Obama at the White House two weeks ago, which drew condemnation from China.