|Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Regular Press Conference on April 27, 2018
April 28, 2018 -- Q: The US Senate adopted a resolution on April 26, claiming that the responsibility for identifying a future 15th Dalai Lama rests solely with the officials of the 14th Dalai Lama's private office; no interference from the Chinese government in this religious activity should be accepted. This is the first time that such a resolution was adopted by the US Senate. We know that the US State Department released its 2017 Country Report on Human Rights days ago, laying accusations on China's human rights conditions including the issue of ethnic minorities. What is your comment?
A: The adoption of this resolution by the US Senate is another proof of some American's habitual and inexplicable ignorance and arrogance.
The reincarnation system for the Living Buddhas is unique to the Tibetan Buddhism, which has been in existence for several centuries with a complete set of religious rituals and historical practices. The reincarnation of the Dalai Lama shall follow these religious rituals, historical practices and Chinese laws and regulations. It is not to be dictated by anyone, let alone a foreign country that has nothing to do with this.
Some US lawmakers and officials should have devoted themselves to serving their constituents. Regrettably, they seemed to deliberately choose to ignore their domestic issues while over-enthusiastically tending to other country's domestic affairs with all these finger-pointing and irresponsible remarks.
I would like to point out that the US has got a lot on its plate to deal with. According to the Human Rights Record of the United States in 2017 just released by the Information Office of the State Council, systematic racial discrimination in the US aggravates social split and exists in law enforcement and judicial organs. A report by the National Registry of Exonerations has confirmed that in murder cases, innocent blacks are about seven times more likely to be wrongfully convicted than their white counterparts, and 12 times more likely to be wrongfully convicted of drug crimes. For the same crime, the African male criminals get a 19.1% longer time behind bars than the white male criminals. Besides, ethnic minority people in the US are at a full disadvantage in employment and salary. Over a quarter of African families have zero or negative net assets. 42 percent of the surveyed Americans say they personally worry a great deal about race relations in the US and 58 percent say racism is a big problem in their society.
We believe that the relevant people in the US shall first and foremost know their position well and get their house tidy and in order before uttering irresponsible accusations against other countries.