Dharamshala: In what can be understood as a strong message to China, Tibetan government-in-exile passed a resolution reaffirming that only the spiritual leader the Dalai Lama himself can choose his successor and  that no other nation has a locus standi on the issue. The resolution comes days ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping visit to India.

Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile Speaker Pema Jungney said, “No nation, government, entity or any individual can claim to recognise the reincarnation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The final authority on decisions regarding the reincarnation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama rests indisputably and completely with His Holiness the Dalai Lama himself and the concerned authorities of the Gaden Phodrang Trust.” 

The speaker made the remarks after a special meeting by Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile-at the Tibetan headquarters. The two-page resolution was adopted which outrightly rejected China's preposterous interference in the institution of Tibetan reincarnation and affirms the supreme authority of the Dalai Lama over Tibetan Buddhism. 

The official document further challenged China's advancing measures of control over Tibetan Buddhism and expressed outright rejection and contempt of the Order No. 5, a regulation issued in 2007 by China's State Administration of Religious Affairs (SARA) for the so-called "management of the reincarnation of living Buddhas".

The meeting was attended by 340 Tibetan authorities representing the three pillars of Tibetan democracy: The Kashag (cabinet); Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile and Tibetan Supreme Justice Commission.