Does China have a solid base for the election of the next Dalai Lama? Find out what America is saying

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A senior US diplomat has said that China has no religious basis to elect the next Dalai Lama. He said that Tibetan followers of Buddhism have successfully selected their spiritual leader for hundreds of years.

Samuel D. Brownback, the U.S. special envoy on international religious freedom (ambassador in general), said during a conference call recalling his visit to India in October that he had gone to speak to the Tibetan community in Dharamsala, India and to tell that would be “America is against China, which will elect the next Dalai Lama.”

When asked, he replied: “You have no right to do so.” They have no religious basis for it. The Tibetan followers of Buddhism have successfully selected their leader for hundreds of years and they still have the right to do so. ”
Brownback said the US supports religious groups having the right to choose their leader.

He said, “This includes the next Dalai Lama.”
Brownback said, “We believe the Chinese Communist Party is completely wrong to say that it has the right to vote (the Dalai Lama).”

Let us tell you that the 14th Dalai Lama, 85, lives in India after his deportation from Tibet in 1959. He came to India after the Chinese action against the local uprising. The Tibetan government in exile works from Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh. More than 1,60,000 Tibetans live in India.

Brownback accused China of religious persecution, saying, “This will not help them in the fight against terrorism.” Brownback said China is trying to tell the world that it is trying to stop terrorism. But they will create more terrorists.

He said, “The way to deal with terrorism is not to keep everyone closed. Freedom of religion is essential to fighting terrorism.” Brownback called on China to stop attacks on various faiths, including Uygar, Tibetan followers of Buddhism, Christians and Falun Gong.