China choosing Dalai Lama like Castro naming pope: Tibetan exile leader

March 10, 2015 1:12 PM

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China choosing Dalai Lama like Castro naming pope: Tibetan exile leader

DHARAMSALA, India (Reuters) - For China to find a successor to the Dalai Lama would be like former Cuban leader Fidel Castro choosing the pope, the political head of Tibet's exiles said on Tuesday, in response to comments by a senior Chinese official.

The Chinese-appointed governor of Tibet on Monday accused the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader of blasphemy for suggesting he would not be reincarnated when he died. The governor, Padma Choling, repeated that Beijing had the right to decide.

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