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China wants to control Dalai Lama reincarnation

Dalai Lama 60%

A top Chinese official warned on Friday that the central government in Beijing must approve the Dalai Lama's reincarnation, and would not recognise any candidate that it had not endorsed, the official Xinhua agency said.

The Dalai Lama's succession has become a prickly issue, as the Nobel Prize winner ages and his health declines.

He has suggested that his incarnation might be found outside 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.

Many Tibetans fear that the death of the Dalai Lama, who has lived in exile in India since 1959 when he fled after a failed uprising, may create a leadership vacuum that Beijing could exploit to tighten its grip over the restive Himalayan region.

Others fear the loss of their mos recognised leader could weaken the unity of the Tibetan movement, and potentially trigger widespread unrest in ethnic Tibetan regions across China.


By Emma Graham-Harrison

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