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China has objected to a meeting between the Dalai Lama and the U.S. coordinator for Tibetan affairs, Uzra Zeya, saying that “no external forces have the right to interfere” in affairs of Tibet.
Succession on the Tibetan Plateau: What’s at Stake in the Battle Over the Dalai Lama’s Reincarnation?
The Dalai Lama has declared on a number of occasions the Tibetan people will reject China’s choice. And Tibetan exiles plan to employ traditional methods to identify Tenzin Gyatso’s successor.
Although Beijing forbids possession and display of the Dalai Lama's image, Tibetans post photos of his feet, shoes, and his body in maroon-colored robes to celebrate his 86th birthday.
Tibetan Buddhist soft power will likely continue to evolve as a tool of Chinese policy towards Mongolia, Russia, the Himalayas, the Tibetan diaspora, Western Buddhists and international Buddhist organizations.
The Dalai Lama is slated to visit Tawang from April 5-7, which raises a loud protest in Beijing. The visit presages a fresh round of tensions in the India–China relationship.