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Dalai Lama to Address California Legislature on Monday About Ethics, the Environment

June 18, 2016 GMT

By Jessica Calefati SACRAMENTO -- Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama will visit the Capitol and speak before both houses of the state Legislature on Monday.

The speech will cover “compassion, the environment and ethical leadership,” according to a press release distributed by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon.

The visit comes several days after the Dalai Lama met with President Barack Obama despite warnings from China that that the meeting would damage diplomatic relations.

Tibet has long fought for independence from China.

In 2009, Assembly Democrats balked at a resolution introduced by a Republican lawmaker to honor the 50th anniversary of the Tibetan people’s revolt against Chinese rule.

At the time, the resolution’s author, former Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee, R-San Luis Obispo, said Democrats yielded to pressure from representatives of the Chinese consulate in San Francisco, who lobbied against the measure. Contact Jessica Calefati at 916-441-2101. Follow her at Twitter.com/Calefati .