Following the war of words from China after a US diplomat stated that the Dalai Lama and Tibetans alone has the right to choose the next spiritual leader, a top US official slammed China. The Acting Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of South and Central Asia while praising India’s support for Tibetans called China’s interference in Dalai Lama’s successor meritless.
As China protested over US Ambassador’s meeting with the Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama in India, US has hit back. As the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said in a response to Ambassador Sam Brownback’s statement that Tibetan people have the religious right to choose their spiritual leader, that US must not support the Dalai Lama.
While China urge the US official to stop contacting the Dalai Lama group, making irresponsible remarks and using Tibet-related issues to interfere in China’s internal affairs, a top US official backed Brownback’s statement. Alice Wells, Acting Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of South and Central Asia, tweeted that Brownback’s meeting with the Dalai Lama emphasized the enduring US support for the Tibetan people. She also expressed her appreciations to India’s enduring generosity towards the Tibetans people.
“India has greatly supported Tibetan religious freedom, and the US stands in deep admiration of India’s extraordinary generosity,” Ms Wells tweeted, “The Chinese Communist Party claim that Dalai Lama’s succession ”must comply with Chinese laws and regulations” is meritless.
“Tibetan communities, like all faith communities, should be able to select, educate, and venerate their religious leaders without government interference,” she added.
While the Tibetan spiritual leader is a respected peace figure around the world today, the spokesman said that the Dalai Lama has long been carrying anti-China activities. Despite US law against Chinese officials to ban visa for those who deny entry for Americans to Tibet, China warned US to stop contacting the Dalai Lama and stop interfering in the internal matters of China in context of Tibet.