Dalai Lama says “no worries” about Trump, set to visit new President
Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Wednesday said he has “no worries” about Donald Trump’s win in the US Presidential election, noting he considers the US as a “leading nation of the free world”.
Speaking during a visit to Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning monk also said he would visit U.S. President-elect Donald Trump after his inauguration.
“I think there are some problems to go to United States, so I will go to see the new president,” he told reporters.
Suggesting Trump will align his policies with global realities, the Dalai Lama also justified harsh rhetoric used during the campaign.
“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,” he said.
President Barack Obama met the Dalai Lama at the White House in June, triggering anger among Chinese officials who accuse the Tibetan spiritual leader of sponsoring a separatist movement.
It was Obama’s fourth White House meeting with the Dalai Lama in the past eight years and China had warned it would damage the diplomatic relations.
China regards the Dalai Lama as a separatist and officially any decision that could lend legitimacy to the Dalai Lama’s claims that Tibet should be independent from China.
However, the Dalai Lama claims he seeks genuine autonomy for his Himalayan homeland Tibet.