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Lady Gaga Banned From China Following Dalai Lama Meeting: Report

Lady Gaga has been barred from China following a meeting with the Dalai Lama, according to a report from the Apple Daily, a Hong Kong-based newspaper.

The meeting, which was streamed on Facebook, took place at the annual United States Conference of Mayors Sunday and has been viewed nearly 3.5 million times. The pair discussed mental health, yoga, meditation, and the world, in the approximately 20-minute long video available on Lady Gaga's Facebook page.

The ban was put in place shortly after the meeting, according to a translation of the Apple Daily by The Guardian.

According to The Guardian's translation, the Communist Party of China's propaganda department issued an "important instruction" after the meeting, banning Lady Gaga's music from mainland China. Chinese media organizations were also ordered to stop distributing her music and state-owned news outlets were told to condemn the meeting, the translation said.

Image: The Dalai Lama and singer Lady Gaga appear together for a question and answer session on "the global significance of building compassionate cities" at the U.S. Conference of Mayors 84th Annual Meeting in Indianapolis
The Dalai Lama and singer Lady Gaga appear together for a question and answer session on "the global significance of building compassionate cities" at the U.S. Conference of Mayors 84th Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana United States, June 26, 2016. CHRIS BERGIN / Reuters

During a press conference Monday, an Agence France-Presse correspondent asked China Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei if Lady Gaga's meeting would lead to a "bad romance" between her and the country.

Lei reportedly asked "Who?" before addressing the Dalai Lama's activities abroad.

"The purpose of [the Dalai Lama's] visits and activities in other countries is just to promote his proposal for Tibetan independence,” Lei said, according to the Associated Press.

“We hope that people from the international community can be fully aware of his true colors and nature,” he continued.

The 81-year-old Dalai Lama fled China in 1959. China has called the spiritual leader a separatist and "wolf in monk's clothing," while he maintains that he only wants genuine autonomy for Tibet.

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