US President Joe Biden slams China, gives strong statement on Tibet, Dalai Lama

Ajeyo Basu

LAST UPDATED: March 10, 2021, 2:04 p.m.

Washington: US President Joe Biden has made it clear at the beginning of his term that his administration will not be soft on China in any way. 

Now the Joe Biden administration has said that the Chinese government should have no role in the process of choosing an heir to the Tibetan spiritual guru, the Dalai Lama. It is clear from this attitude of the US government led by Joe Biden that it will not allow China’s Xi Jinping government to apply its policies on Tibet without a challenge.

The 14th Dalai Lama fled Lhasa on May 17, 1959, and took refuge in Arunachal Pradesh, India for nearly a year after that. The asylum given to the Dalai Lama is also considered a major reason for the 1962 war between India and China.

During a daily press conference, US State Department spokesman Ned Price said, “We believe that the Chinese government should have no role in choosing the heir to the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.” 

“China’s intervention in the Panchen Lama’s succession process more than 25 years ago, including the disappearance of the Panchen Lama as a child and then trying to replace the successor chosen by the People’s Republic of China government, is a gross violation of religious freedom,” he added.

Former US President Donald Trump had signed a law in December last year that talks about establishing a US consulate in Tibet and forming an international coalition to ensure that the next Dalai Lama is chosen by the Tibetan Buddhist community without any Chinese interference.

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However, analysts say that despite the US statement, China will interfere in the election of the 14th Dalai Lama’s successor.

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