‘No wor­ries’ for ex­iled Ti­betan leader

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Ex­iled Ti­betan spir­i­tual leader the Dalai Lama said he has “no wor­ries” about Don­ald Trump’s elec­tion as US pres­i­dent, adding that he ex­pects the busi­ness­man will align his fu­ture poli­cies with global re­al­i­ties.

The 1989 No­bel Peace Prize win­ner’s re­marks were his most ex­ten­sive yet re­gard­ing the elec­tion of the real es­tate ty­coon and re­al­ity tele­vi­sion star who has called for putting Amer­ica’s con­cerns first and shown lit­tle in­ter­est in Wash­ing­ton’s tra­di­tional es­pousal of global democ­racy and so­cial jus­tice.

Com­ment­ing at the con­clu­sion of a four-day visit to Mon­go­lia, the leader of Ti­betan Bud­dhism says he looks for­ward to see­ing Trump at some point fol­low­ing the Jan­uary 20 in­au­gu­ra­tion. It was not im­me­di­ately clear if a meet­ing be­tween the two has been planned. Such meet­ings usu­ally draw protests from Bei­jing, who ac­cuses the Dalai Lama of seek­ing to split Ti­bet from China. The 81-year-old monk said he has al­ways re­garded the US as the leader of the “free world” and wasn’t con­cerned about re­marks made by Trump dur­ing the elec­tion cam­paign. Some of those com­ments have been cited as of­fen­sive to Mus­lims, His­pan­ics and other US mi­nor­ity groups. He said: “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. “So I have no wor­ries.”

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