United State’s government led by President Donald Trump’s administration in a the report sent to the Congress expressed its concerns over the Chinese government’s interference in the selection, education and veneration of Tibetan Buddhist religious leaders and told that the Tibetan people should choose the Dalai Lama’s reincarnation.
“In its latest Tibet negotiations report sent to the Congress, the Trump administration said it was concerned by the Chinese government’s interference in the selection, education and veneration of Tibetan Buddhist religious leaders.” said the report in the Deccan Herald on Friday.
The report is a concern against the China’s increasing intervention in the Tibetan beliefs and religious practices such as the Chinese foreign ministry said the successor to the Dharamshala-based 14th Dalai Lama must be chosen according to the religious rituals and historical conventions, including drawing of lots from the Golden Urn in front of the Shakyamuni (Buddha) statue at the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, followed by the mandatory approval from the ruling Communist Party of China.
“The US government believes that respect for Tibetan Buddhists’ universal human right of religious freedom dictates that the succession or identification of Tibetan Buddhist lamas, including the Dalai Lama, should occur without interference, in a manner consistent with their beliefs,” said the report signed by Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs Mary K Waters.
“The US government has maintained close contact with Tibetan religious, cultural and political leaders to underscore US support and has expressed its concerns regarding Chinese government actions in bilateral, multilateral and public venues,” the report added.
The report calls upon the Chinese authorities to allow diplomats, journalists, tourists and others to have unrestricted access to Tibetan areas. It urges the Chinese Government to respect the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all the people in China, including the freedom of movement and the right to leave any country, including one’s own.