China 'will choose Dalai Lama successor'

2011-09-26 10:36

Beijing - China says the Dalai Lama does not have the right to decide who will take over from him when he dies. It says Beijing will decide who will be the next Dalai Lama.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei said on Monday that the title of the Dalai Lama is conferred by the central government after the Dalai Lama dies and is reincarnated and the Tibetan spiritual leader does not identify his own successor.

The Dalai Lama said on Saturday that if he is to be reincarnated he will leave clear written instructions about the process. He said the matter was unlikely to come up for a number of years.

The 76-year-old said that when he is "about 90" he will consult Buddhist scholars to evaluate whether the institution should continue.

  • Wonderboy - 2011-09-26 10:42

    I guess in this case South Africa can elect the next president of Russia??????

  • Pyxicephalus - 2011-09-26 10:57

    I wonder how soon the Chinese will elect a president for SA?

      Kurt - 2011-09-26 11:07

      They already did in 1994....

      Mad Hatter - 2011-09-26 14:03

      Where do you think the 'zuma' tapes came from , certainly not our intellegience services.

  • unrealchris - 2011-09-26 10:59

    what a load of BS from China! Cant believe this bull!

  • People Hater - 2011-09-26 11:17

    Sod Tibet and their 18th century religious rubbish.

      pragmatism - 2011-09-26 11:23


      People Hater - 2011-09-26 11:27

      Then again, we all have to support Tibet in order to give Richard Gere some cause & purpose in his life, otherwise he will only be remembered for the gerbil incident.

  • Martin du Plessis - 2011-09-26 12:38

    Allrighty then, then i nominate non of the ruling communist party members as the next president of china, since they have no right to decide who their next leader will be. And the US will decide for Iran, Mongolia will decide for Japan and India will decide for canada.

  • Rob Gunning - 2011-09-26 12:46

    Waaaah, thats like having the ANC elect the leader of the DA, or vice versa. The Chinese goverment dislikes the Dalai lama intensely and will only serve to protect it's own interests.

  • Mikemcc - 2011-09-26 13:37

    It must be tough being recycled so many times-reincarnation, the game for all generations!

  • Emile - 2011-09-27 10:45

    China sucks

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