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China accuses US of using UN to ‘meddle’ in Tibet


BEIJING: China accused the US on Monday of using the United Nations to “meddle” in Tibet, as Washington intensifies its bid to prevent Beijing from handpicking the Dalai Lama’s successor.

Last week, Sam Brownback, the United States’ ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, said the US wanted the UN to take up the succession issue of the Tibetan spiritual leader.

McLeod Ganj, India: In this file photo taken on September 13, 2019 Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama (C) arrives for a long-life prayer offering dedicated to him at Tsuglagkhang Temple in McLeod Ganj. The United States wants the United Nations to take up the Dalai Lama’s succession in an intensifying bid to stop China from trying to handpick his successor, an envoy said after meeting the Tibetan spiritual leader. AFP PHOTO

The choice of the Dalai Lama’s successor “belongs to the Tibetan Buddhists and not the Chinese government”, Brownback told Agence France-Presse.

But Beijing responded angrily, saying the US is attempting to “meddle in China’s internal affairs under the pretext of religious freedoms”.

“It is doomed to fail and will certainly be met with opposition from the international community,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a regular press briefing in Beijing.

China — which argues it has brought modernization and development to the Himalayan region — has increasingly hinted it could name the next Dalai Lama, who would presumably be groomed to support Chinese rule.



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