Dalai Lama says that he could possibly name his own successor while he is alive, instead of accepting a Chinese-picked one, via BBC News:
Usually, following the death of a Dalai Lama, senior Tibetan Buddhist officials, guided by dreams and signs, identify a young child to succeed him. But the Dalai Lama said he feared China would try to influence this process. He said he was considering whether his successor should be picked by him, or elected by high ranking Buddhist monks.
“If the Tibetan people want to keep the Dalai Lama system, one of the possibilities I have been considering with my aides is to select the next Dalai Lama while I’m alive,” he told the Japanese newspaper Sankei Shimbun during a visit to Japan….[Full Text]