‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’ Angers China’s Foreign Ministry after the Dalai Lama Interview

By Diana T. / 2017.03.08

China’s Foreign Ministry was not pleased with the Dalai Lama’s remarks on the March 5 episode of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.”

During the interview, John Oliver and the Dalai Lama shared a hilarious yet informative conversation on Tibetan sovereignty and human rights in the Chinese region.

While many viewers were entertained, China, on the other hand, has expressed their outrage over the Dalai Lama’s comments about the Chinese government.

A representative from the Chinese Foreign Ministry said that the statements on “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” are groundless.

"The Dalai Lama's comments in the interview perhaps appeared humorous and funny, but these words are all lies that do not accord with the facts," Geng Shuang said.

The spokesman continued, "Now it seems he is an actor, who is very good at performing, and very deceptively."

China even branded the spiritual leader a “wolf in monk’s robe” and banned his image for his stand on Tibet’s autonomy.

When asked about his relationship with China, the Dalai Lama said he has nothing against the government, stating that they are free to hate him.

Oliver then asked the Dalai Lama regarding Tibetans’ practice of setting themselves on fire as a sign of protest. The guru stated condemning their practice would be offensive to the deceased.

However, the Dalai Lama admitted he felt sad upon learning about this self-immolation practice among Tibetans.

The “Last Week Tonight” host also asked the spiritual leader if he will be the final reincarnation, in which the Dalai Lama answered with, “Very possible!”

“If you don’t resolve your reincarnation issue, are you not worried that China will appoint their own Dalai Lama?” Oliver probed.

The Dalai Lama barely answered the question; however, the spiritual leader shared some words of wisdom to the viewers of the show.

“Our brain has the ability to create common sense. The Chinese hard-liners ... that part of the brain is missing,” the Dalai Lama said.

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