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Lady Gaga's meeting with Dalai Lama invites Chinese backlash

Lady Gaga met his Holiness the Dalai Lama to speak to US Mayors about kindness at JW Marriott on June 26, 2016 in Indianapolis.

Lady Gaga's meeting with Dalai Lama invites Chinese backlash

It is feared that Chinese government will blacklist Gaga from performing in China after appearing with the Tibetan spiritual leader.

Lady Gaga and Dalai Lama held talks over different issues, including love, compassion and the ills of the world. The meeting lasted for 20 minutes and it took place after the Tibetan spiritual leader's appearance at the 84th annual Conference of Mayors in Indianapolis, was live-streamed on Facebook and liked some 160,000 times.

But once photos of the meeting reached China, however, the response was not the same. Beijing regards Dalia Lama as a dangerous political figure, who wants to break the Himalayan region of Tibet from the rest of China. The Dalai Lama insists he now advocates a "middle way," involving greater political autonomy for Tibet but not full independence.

Gaga enjoys a good support in China and her fans are concerned that she could be banned from future performances in the country due to the meeting.

"We hope that people from the international community can be fully aware of his true colors and nature," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Monday, adding: "The purpose of his visits and activities in other countries is just to promote his proposal for Tibetan independence."

During the meeting, Gaga asked the spiritual leader how to help young people with low self-esteem. "Paying more attention to inner values like love and compassion are the right approach," he said, adding that he felt the world had become too materialistic.