The Dalai Lama’s visit to the U.S. roiled China

Posted On 08 Mar 2014
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This Friday, the Dalai Lama continued his agenda and gave a lecture at the National Cathedral in Washington.

The Chinese government on Friday expressed dissatisfaction with the Dalai Lama’s visit to the U.S. Congress and urged Washington to “stop any collusion” with the Tibetan religious leader in exile and “separatist activities”.

“It is a political exile engaged for some time in anti-China separatist activities under the pretext of religion,” said the spokesman of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Qin Gang, who urged the U.S. Congress to “honor its commitment to recognizing Tibet as an integral part of China.”

Meanwhile Friday the Dalai Lama continued his agenda and gave a lecture at the National Cathedral in Washington, reported AFP.

The Nobel Peace Prize, 78, met on February 21 with U.S. President Barack Obama, on Thursday and delivered a prayer at the opening of a session in the U.S. Senate.

The religious leader thought that the U.S. was “a champion of democracy and freedom” and reiterated its goal of “preserving Tibetan culture.”

It should be noted that Beijing opposes decade’s foreign leaders to meet with the Dalai Lama, in exile since 1959.

Holding protests against his visit

Meanwhile the Dalai Lama called China a “great nation” but found that the system of government of Beijing is “harmful.”

Speaking Friday at the Washington National Cathedral, the Buddhist spiritual leader said that Tibetans are willing to remain part of China, but with greater autonomy to preserve their culture and environment.

When asked why the Chinese rulers were disgusted by its activities, the Dalai Lama said, “Ask to them,” according to AP.

The spiritual leader criticizes the Chinese system as unfair and detrimental to individual creativity. He added that many Chinese “we express solidarity” and want more freedom.

Hundreds of people staged a demonstration in front of the Cathedral, many of them Buddhist sect opposite the Dalai Lama.

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