Turns out that China did not much appreciate the Dalai Lama saying that Chinese officials had parts of their brains missing during a recent interview with John Oliver for HBO’s Last Week Tonight.
At a regular press briefing on Tuesday, China Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang jabbed back at the Tibetan spiritual leader:
The program mentioned in the report is a talk show for entertainment, where the Dalai Lama tried to sound funny and humorous. However, his words are all lies that do not accord with the facts.
You must be clear with the Chinese government’s position on Tibet-related issues and comments on the Dalai Lama, so I will not repeat them here. We have said many times that the 14th Dalai Lama is a political exile engaged in anti-China separatist activities under the disguise of religion. Now it seems that he is also an “actor” whose performance can be rather deceptive.
So now, we can add “deceptive actor” to the list of titles that China has bestowed upon the Dalai Lama, already including “violent separatist,” “wolf in monk’s clothing,” and “demon.”
During his interview with Oliver, His Holiness took the time to mock China after Oliver brought up the popular concern that if the Tibetan spiritual leader is not definite about what happens after he dies, then China will likely appoint their own Dalai Lama when that time comes.
“That’s also, one of the foolish acts. Short-sighted. Without using human brain properly. It’s harmful. Our brain usually has the ability to create common sense. The Chinese hardliners, in their brains, that part of the brain is missing,” the Dalai Lama responded.
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