Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said on Wednesday he would visit US President-elect Donald Trump, a meeting that would infuriate China which views the Nobel peace prize-winning monk as a dangerous separatist.
Speaking during a visit to Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar and asked about the US election, the Dalai Lama said he had always considered the United States a “leading nation of the free world”.
The Dalai Lama, speaking in English, brushed off some of the US 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 terrorist, though he says he merely seeks genuine autonomy for his Himalayan homeland Tibet, which Communist Chinese troops “aggressively invaded ” in 1950.