Dalai Lama Says Chinese Leaders 'Do Not Understand' Cultures And Have Too Much Control

Dalai Lama Says Chinese Leaders 'Do Not Understand' Cultures And Have Too Much Control

Andrew H. Sweet

Speaking at an online press conference hosted by the Tokyo Foreign Correspondents Club, the Dalai Lama said he had no particular plans to meet with Xi Jinping. He also declined to comment on Mr. Xi's plans to remain in office for a third five-year term.

The Dalai Lama said he did not want to become involved in "local political difficulties" but was dedicated to contributing to "brothers and sisters" in both Taiwan and mainland China.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said the door to dialogue and engagement with the Dalai Lama "remains open," but said that Beijing would not discuss the status of Tibet.

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