Washington: The US Lays Down Line on China’s Pick For Dalai Lama’s Successor
This year in March, Dalai Lama had stated that when he dies, it is possible that his reincarnation would be born in India and not in China. Furthermore, he had also stated that any person that China picks to succeed him after would not be respected.
Now, as the Tibetans are grappling and thinking about what may happen once Dalai Lama passes away, the US seems to be drawing the line. Over 80, it is understandable why Tibetans are in a frenzy. The US is trying to lay the red line on China’s handpicking of the successor.
The US and Its Warning
The US is hoping to warn Beijing in advance what would happen if China was to pick a successor on its own. Furthermore, with the help of a warning from a senior official and legislation under consideration in Congress, the United States has stated that should this happen and should China try to take over the reincarnation process, China would face heavy criticism internationally.
At present, Dalai Lama, who is 84, has slowed down his travels, which had been very extensive at one point. Earlier this year, he was hospitalized with a chest infection. However, there are no signs of serious health issues at present.
Earlier this year, Dalai Lama had stated that the reason why his reincarnation would happen in India was that he spent 60 years in India, in exile. Furthermore, it is very clear that the Nobel Prize winner, whose teachings, moral lessons and humor has taken over the world, has played an important role in this world.
His death would cause a lot of issues and would be a major setback in his push for more autonomy for the Himalayan region. In the past nine years, China has held no talks with Dalai Lama’s representatives. Furthermore, China has also hinted that they might identify Dalai Lama’s successor as somebody who would back China’s rule over Tibet.
A bill, recently introduced to the Congress, would call on sanctions on any Chinese official who interferes with the ritualistic succession of Dalai Lama in Buddhist practices. David Stilwell, a top state official for East Asia has vowed to keep pressing for autonomous practices.