China blasts Dalai Lama for 'glorifying' self-immolations
China has criticised Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, for saying that Beijing was not 'seriously' looking at the causes of increasing incidents of self-immolations.
Speaking in Japan, the Dalai Lama was quoted saying China was not seriously probing the causes of the protests and was focusing on blaming him instead.
According to the BBC, China's foreign ministry accused him of 'glorifying' the self-immolations.
"Not only did the Dalai not condemn them, but he actually glorified these acts, which are against the national law and religious principles," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Hong Lei, said.
According to the report, he also accused the Dalai Lama of siding with right-wingers in Japan over a tense territorial dispute with China.
Beijing maintains that Tibetans have religious freedom and accuses exiled Tibetan leaders of stirring up unrest.