The Dalai Lama, fresh from his controversial meeting with President Barack Obama, greeted the U.S. press corps during a blustery press conference on Thursday outside his Washington hotel, and delivered his pearls of wisdom with a brand of syntax that sometimes leaves listeners scratching their heads.
“Important is truth,” the grinning Dalai Lama told reporters, when asked if he ever got discouraged about China’s implacable resistance to his cause.
“This is not question of justice how soon achieved. Something worthwhile, make attempt. Then, whether materialize this goal within one’s own lifetime or not, it doesn’t matter.”
Hundreds of Tibetan well-wishers gathered outside the hotel, waving Tibetan flags and prayer banners and chanting slogans including “Long Live the Dalai Lama” and “Thank You Obama!”
China, meanwhile, expressed “strong dissatisfaction” and “resolute opposition” to the Dalai Lama-Obama meeting.