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Dalai Lama May Name Successor to Avoid Chinese Interference

November 22, 2007

By VOA News
20 November 2007


Dalai Lama speaks at a news conference at Kogakkan University in Ise, 
Japan, 17 Nov 2007
Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, says he may name his 
successor before he dies, rather than rely on the centuries-old 
selection process involving reincarnation, to avoid interference from 
China.

In an interview with a Japanese newspaper Sankei Shimbun published 
Tuesday, the Dalai Lama said the Tibetan people would not support a 
Chinese-appointed successor.

The 72-year-old Nobel prize laureate says he may have a group of high 
ranking Buddhist monks democratically select his replacement.

In July, China issued a regulation that requires all reincarnations, 
including the Dalai Lama's, to be approved by the government.

The Dalai Lama began a visit to Japan last week, but officials there 
put restrictions on his activities to avoid offending China.

Beijing has accused the Dalai Lama of seeking political independence 
for Tibet. But the exiled spiritual leader says he is only seeking 
autonomy.

China has ruled Tibet since 1950. At the end of the decade, the Dalai 
Lama fled the region to live with followers in India.

Since the 1980s, The Dalai Lama has been struggling to negotiate an 
autonomous status agreement for Tibet.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.
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