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China’s approval ‘must’ for picking Dalai Lama’s successor

BEIJING: China on Tuesday said its approval is must for choosing the successor to Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, rejecting the US’ assertion that the next-in-line to Tibet’s exiled leader will be selected by the Tibetans themselves and not by Beijing.

China’s approval ‘must’ for picking Dalai Lama’s successor

Dalai Lama - File photo



Beijing, October 29 

China on Tuesday said its approval is must for choosing the successor to Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, rejecting the US’ assertion that the next-in-line to Tibet’s exiled leader will be selected by the Tibetans themselves and not by Beijing.

US Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback, who met the Dalai Lama in Dharmsala on Monday, hit out at what he called China’s “persecution” of the Tibetan people’s faith and said they have the right to choose their own religious leaders.

“The role of picking a successor to the Dalai Lama belongs to the Tibetan Buddhist system, the Dalai Lama, and other Tibetan leaders. It does not belong to anybody else, not any government or any entity,” Brownback was quoted as saying by Radio Free Asia.

Concerns over the health of 84-year-old Dalai Lama, who fled into exile in India following a failed 1959 Tibetan revolt against the Chinese rule, have renewed uncertainties over his possible successor after his demise. China claims control over the selection, asserting that the successor to the Dalai Lama has to be endorsed by it.

Asked for his reaction to Brownback’s comments, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the envoy’s comments amounted to interference in China’s internal affairs. “The 14th Dalai Lama is in political exile and has long been carrying out anti-China activities overseas under the pretext of religion,” Geng said.

“The institution of reincarnation of the Dalai Lama has been in existence for several hundred years. The 14th (present) Dalai Lama himself was found and recognised following rituals and conventions, and his succession was approved by the then central government. Therefore, the reincarnation must comply with Chinese laws and regulations, follow  rituals and historic conventions.” — PTI

‘Don’t interfere: Beijing to Washington’

We urge the US to stop contacting the Dalai Lama group, stop uttering irresponsible remarks, stop using Tibet-related affairs to interfere in China’s internal affairs, and do more to contribute to mutual trust between China and the US. Geng Shuang, Chinese ministry spokesman

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