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Issue over the Dalai Lama's Successor

August 28, 2009

New Tang Dynasty Television (NTTCV)
August 26, 2009

On Wednesday the Tibetan spiritual leader was in
Warsaw where he met with university students and
visited a museum. He spoke of the sensitive issue
regarding his future successor.

"I'm not a dictator. I'm not a communist
dictator. If I'm a dictator, then it is a very
serious matter to pick my successor. But since I
already mentioned that, the political system, we
already achieved elected political leadership. So
every five years, the people will elect. I have no concern about that.”

The Dalai Lama's succession is a sensitive issue
as he ages and his health declines. Many Tibetans
fear that a new leadership may not be strong
enough to prevent the Chinese regime from overruling the country.

Chinese authorities have said the Dalai Lama must
follow an endorsement from Beijing -- that the
Dalai Lama's incarnation must be chosen by
drawing lots from a golden urn given to Tibetans
by the ethnic Manchu emperors of the Qing dynasty.

But the Dalai Lama has suggested that his
incarnation might be found outside of China, or
even that Tibetans themselves could order a vote
on whether to continue an institution that once
gave one monk both spiritual and temporal sway over Tibet.

The Dalai Lama has lived in exile in India since
fleeing a failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959.
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