China warned people to be aware of what it said are nefarious motives of the Dalai Lama after he met with 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.
Beijing regularly vilifies the Tibetans’ spiritual leader as a political figure who advocates splitting the Himalayan region of Tibet from the rest of China.
The Dalai Lama says he simply wants a higher degree of autonomy under Chinese rule.
The Dalai Lama, who fled Tibet into exile in India in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule, met Lady Gaga before speaking at a conference in Indianapolis of American mayors.
The official website of the office of the Dalai Lama reported Lady Gaga interviewed him in an exchange 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 colors and nature.”
The Dalai Lama also met with President Barack Obama two weeks ago, drawing condemnation from China. The president has met four times with the Dalai Lama in eight years.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest has said the president has warm, personal feelings toward the Dalai Lama and belief “in preserving Tibet’s unique religious, cultural and linguistic traditions.”
On the Web…
Find the video of the meeting here.