China raps US for ‘meddling’ in Tibet-related affairs
Tehran (KNA) - Beijing has slammed the US for attempting to “meddle in” China’s internal affairs by working to get the United Nations involved in the succession issue of the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s spiritual leader.
Last week, Sam Brownback, the US ambassador for international religious freedom, said the US wanted the world body to take up the succession issue of the Tibetan spiritual leader.
The choice of the Dalai Lama’s successor “belongs to the Tibetan Buddhists and not the Chinese government,” Brownback told AFP.
Angered by the comments, China — which regards the Dalai Lama as the leader of the secessionists pursuing independence for Tibet — described the move as interference in its domestic affairs.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a regular press briefing in Beijing on Monday that such meddling was doomed to failure.
“It is doomed to fail and will certainly be met with opposition from the international community,” said the official.