(From China Daily)
The central government has an undeniable endorsement right on the reincarnation of living Buddhas in the Tibet autonomous region, a senior official said Sunday.
The comment was made as China issued a white paper reaffirming Tibet’s ethnic autonomous policy ahead of the 50th anniversary of its foundation.
The official said the central government respects Tibet’s history and religious traditions. The reincarnation system is an important tradition to ensure the inheritance of Tibetan Buddhism, which since the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) has been affirmed and regulated by the central government, the official added.
Norbu Dundub from the United Front Work Department of the Communist Party of China Tibet Autonomous Regional Committee was speaking at a news conference.
The regulation on the reincarnation system is clearly outlined in a document issued by the State Administration for Religious Affairs in 2007, he added.
“So, no matter what the Dalai Lama says or does, he cannot deny the central government’s right to confirm the new reincarnation,” he said.
Among its roles, the United Front Work Department is a Party organ that supervises religious affairs in China.
China’s view questioned
The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) at Dharamshala in India has claimed that China wants to grab Tibet’s institution of the Dalai Lama due to its past geopolitical importance in the volatile politics of China, Mongolia and Tibet, Times of India reports.
According to CTA, China’s internal assessment that it cannot rule Tibet forever without the legitimizing influence of Dalai Lama over the Tibetan people is also behind the move.
CTA has prepared a 31-page report in response to China’s White Paper on Tibet claiming that the legitimacy of the14th Dalai Lama of Tibet rests on China’s recognition and approval.
Challenging China’s claim, CTA said there would be an international pushback to such a Chinese move.
“The pushback will not only come from the Tibetan people but millions of Buddhists who traditionally share Tibet’s spiritual culture and others in rest of the world who have benefitted from the teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama,’ it added.
“Such a move on the part of China will create an international furor comparable to China muscling its way into the South China Sea,” the report stated.
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