US authorizes sanctions for China Dalai Lama meddling

Washington (AFP) – President Donald Trump has signed a law that authorizes US sanctions on Chinese officials if they interfere in Tibetan Buddhists’ selection of the next Dalai Lama. Congress overwhelmingly approved the Tibetan Policy and Support Act amid growing concern that Beijing will seek to handpick a successor to the 85-year-old spiritual leader, hoping the movement for greater freedoms in the Chinese-ruled Himalayan region will wither away without its charismatic figurehead. Beijing said in January that the act “grossly interferes in China’s internal affairs” after the House of Represe…

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