According to a report February 24 by the Global Times, AFP and other news agencies reported a day ago that the Dalai Lama deliberately claimed that he may no longer be "reincarnated" in order to prevent the Chinese government from "designating" a boy with the Dalai Lama's reincarnated soul.
The Dalai Lama also expressed strong support for Google, and said that the Chinese government cannot stop western media from popularizing “democracy” in China.
According to a report from AFP, the Dalai Lama said February 22 in an interview with National Public Radio (NPR) that he is willing to terminate the reincarnation institution in order to prevent the Chinese government from announcing the emergence of a new Dalai Lama through finding a boy with his reincarnated soul.
He also claimed in regards to the issue of a reincarnated soul boy, that the Chinese government is "more concerned with this institution than me."
Aside from the succession issue, the Dalai Lama also used Google tussle to provoke U.S. media agencies to continue their confrontations against China.
According to a Reuters report February 22, the Dalai Lama said while delivering a speech in Los Angeles that it is unnecessary for Google to feel depressed from the difficulties it encountered earlier in China. He believes that under the joint efforts of western countries and the "exiled Tibetan government," Google will surely restart its development in China.
Hu Yan, professor at the Central Party School said in an interview with Global Times that this was not the first time the Dalai Lama expressed remarks on reincarnation and he has aired various types of opinions through western media, such as that he might choose his reincarnation when alive; and his reincarnation could be a female.
The reincarnation institution is not determined by the Dalai Lama himself, but rather it follows the historically established conventions. Since the Fifth Dalai Lama was conferred the title by the Qing Government, the Dalai Lama's reincarnation have all followed the historical conventions under which the ultimate rights to confirm the Dalai Lama's reincarnation after his death belong to the Chinese Central Government.
Hu noted that the Dalai Lama's opinions put aside the wills of several million ordinary Tibetans who are Tibetan Buddhism believers. Over the past several hundred years, common Tibetans who are Tibetan Buddhists have not believed in a certain generation of Dalai Lamas, but the reincarnation conventions. Although the CPC is atheist, China's Constitution stipulates that citizens have the freedom of religion and the freedom of China's various schools of religious believers are under protection of law.