The Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the recent Hindustan Times interview spoke candidly about various topics surrounding him. His Holiness also revealed that no Buddhist nations except Japan is ready to grant him entry due to Chinese pressure.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama explained that he has nothing to ask from any head of state or country when asked for his reaction on various heads of government refusing to meet him fearing the reaction of a now all-powerful China.
“I have nothing to ask from any head of state or country. I think they are afraid of the Chinese reaction. I met Barack Obama as former US President and Nobel laureate as also late President George Bush Senior. My visit to Sri Lanka was cancelled at the last moment. I have not visited Thailand since it established diplomatic relations with China. I am never allowed into Buddhist countries because I am a Buddhist (he laughs) except Japan.” answered the Tibetan spiritual leader in the interview.
Later in the interview, His Holiness also told that although he is Tibetan physically, spiritually, he is Indian while at the same time explaining that his return to Tibet is of no use if there is no freedom, rather he would prefer India and its freedom!
Well known author and strategic thinker Brahma Chellaney lashed out at the Asian Buddhist countries on Twitter for denying entry to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
It’s a shame that no Buddhist country with the sole exception of Japan—as the Dalai Lama says—is now willing to grant entry to the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, who is also a Nobel peace prize winner. This shows how nation after nation in Asia wilts under Chinese pressure— Brahma Chellaney (@Chellaney) December 25, 2018