torsdag 11. april 2019

Dalai Lama's reincarnation must 'comply with Chinese laws,' Beijing says

The reincarnation of the Dalai Lama must "comply with Chinese laws," the Chinese government has said as the Tibetan spiritual leader recovers in hospital from a chest infection. Asked about the 83-year-old Buddhist monk's hospitalization on Wednesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Beijing wasn't aware of the physical condition of the 14th Dalai Lama. But he added that there are "clear rules" regarding the reincarnation of "the living Buddha."

"Reincarnation of living Buddhas, including the Dalai Lama, must comply with Chinese laws and regulations and follow religious rituals and historical conventions," Lu said, adding that China respected religious freedom for all its citizens. The Dalai Lama has lived in India since his self-imposed exile from Tibet in 1959 following the arrival of Chinese troops in the region, which Beijing claims has always been part of China.