Speaking in Japan, the Dalai Lama was quoted saying China was not “seriously” looking at the causes of the protests and focusing on blaming him instead.
China’s foreign ministry accused him of “glorifying” the self-immolations.
Nearly 70 Tibetans have set themselves alight since 2011 in what activists say are protests against Beijing’s rule.
Most are reported to have died. State media reported another self-immolation on Saturday, bringing to seven the number in the past week.
Gonpo Tsering, 18, set himself alight near a monastery in Hezou city in Gansu province, Xinhua news agency reported.
Beijing says Tibetans have religious freedom and accuses exiled Tibetan leaders of stirring up unrest. (Source: BBC News)