(TibetanReview.net, Oct30’19) – China has expressed bitter anger Oct 29 over the fact that Sam Brownback, the US ambassador at large for international religious freedom, had met Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, at Dharamsala, India, and strongly criticized its interference in the Dalai Lama reincarnation process.
Responding to a question about the meeting, which had taken place on Oct 28, China’s foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said the Dalai Lama reincarnation process must comply with Chinese laws and regulations, reported the official Xinhua news agency Oct 29.
“We strongly urge the US side to stop any form of contact with the Dalai clique, stop making irresponsible remarks, stop using Tibet-related issues to interfere in China’s internal affairs, and do more to advance China-US mutual trust and cooperation,” he has added.
The US official’s remarks violated US’ commitment to recognize Tibet as part of China and not support “Tibet secession,” the official globaltimes.cn Oct 29 further cited Geng as saying.
Agreeing with the Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration, Brownback had said Oct 28, “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.”
Citing PTI, the report noted that Brownback had met the Dalai Lama and the two had discussed ways to improve religious freedom for Tibetan Buddhists around the world.
The globaltimes.cn report claimed that the Chinese government had adopted a policy of freedom of religious belief and promulgated the Regulations on Religious Affairs and the Measures for the Administration of the Reincarnation of Living Buddhas of Tibetan Buddhism to respect and protect this mode of inheritance.