China 'will choose Dalai Lama successor'
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.