China Furious at Dalai Lama Plan to Name Successor – Clifford Coonan

The Chinese government has responded to the ’s statement that he could hand-pick his successor before his death in order to avoid China’s influence over the process:

China has accused ’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, of violating the religious rituals and historical conventions of by suggesting he might appoint a successor before his death instead of relying on reincarnation.

Beijing’s latest broadside against the Dalai Lama is a sign of heightening tensions between the central government and the man Tibetans see as a god-king. While reincarnation sounds like an esoteric concept to those of other belief systems, it is a deeply political issue in the isolated Himalayan enclave. [Full text]

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