Chinese Government says they will decide into whom the Dalai Lama will reincarnate

A Chinese official said on Sunday that the central government has the right to confirm the new incarnation of the Dalai Lama and nothing he says or does will alter their power to do so. The remarks were made at a press conference ahead of the 50th anniversary of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), where the official also added that had it not being for Beijing’s intervention, Tibetans would have remained in the “dark age” of medieval practices and slavery.

The Chinese State Administration for Religious Affairs set out a series of regulations to ‘govern’ the reincarnation system in 2007. Reuters reports that Norbu Dondup from the United Front Work Department of the Communist Party of China said that due to this document, “no matter what the Dalai Lama says or does, he can’t deny to central government’s right to confirm the new incarnation.”

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Not sure what’s worse - that the government wants to confirm the thing that doesn’t exist; or the thing that doesn’t exist wants to avoid governmental interference.

Yes, I support religious freedom.

China would also love to decide who their bishops will be.

I know that they decide who is a Catholic priest and thought that they already chose Bishops. Not that either are valid.

You are right. Some details. < Pope John Paul II names Bishops in China and Vietnam but keeps their names secret, fearing reprisals. 1998.

Reincarnation is already unbiblical and ridiculous, but come on China ever heard of freedom of religion for people , ya know , it’s in your constitution if ya want to look it up.:wink:

It’s also in the North Korean Constitution but it only applies if you worship the Kim family in theirs.

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