While the world freaks out about the impending presidency of Donald Trump, there’s at least one person remaining calm — the Dalai Lama.
The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader said he has “no worries” about Trump’s election and looks forward to meeting with him sometime after his inauguration. The Dalai Lama explained his lack of concern by citing how Trump will soon have to operate in the real world.
“I feel during the election, the candidate has more freedom to express. Now once they (are) elected, having the responsibility, then they have to carry their cooperation, their work, according (to) reality,” he told reporters. “So I have no worries.”
It’s not clear if any meeting has been planned between the two. His Holiness last visited the United States in June with Barack Obama choosing once again to hurt the feelings of the Chinese people by inviting him to the White House.
Hopefully when the meeting does finally go down, the Dalai will show the Donald his killer Trump impression.
The Dalai Lama made his comments at the end of a four-day visit to Mongolia. Before the visit, China repeatedly voiced its opposition, saying that it would be harmful to ties between the two neighboring countries. Unconfirmed reports said that China had delayed talks with Mongolia about loans in response to the Dalai Lama’s visit.
China last raised a fuss about the Dalai Lama after he had lunch with the Slovak president in October. Vowing retaliation, China called off high-level meetings with the Slovak prime minister in Riga earlier this month.
Beijing claims that the Dalai Lama is a “wolf in monk’s robes” bent on Tibetan separation from China. Along with banning musicians who meet with the Tibetan spiritual leader from performing in the country, China also tries its best to dissuade world leaders from meeting with His Holiness.
For his part, the Dalai Lama maintains that he wants genuine autonomy for Tibet, not outright independence. He also says that when he dies, he probably won’t come back, further pissing China off.
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