Akong Rinpoche maintained political ties with Beijing and met Jia Qinglin, then chairman of China's top political advisory body, when he travelled to Britain in 2006.
During this time, he explained Beijing's policies in Tibet, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.
In a talk with Mr Jia, as reported by Xinhua, Akong Rinpoche said:
– Akong Rinpoche
"Though we have settled abroad for a long time, we are always concerned about the development of our motherland, in particular the development of Tibet.