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High priests say only Dalai Lama can pick successor, not China

Buddhist leaders say Tibetans would 'not recognize' possible Beijing candidate

DHARAMSALA, India (Kyodo) -- Orange-robed senior religious figures representing four schools of Tibetan Buddhism unanimously endorsed on Wednesday the Dalai Lama's sole authority to choose his successor, guaranteeing legitimacy that a possible China-appointee will lack.

Over 100 lamas, including nine high lamas, or senior Buddhist priests, representing all schools of Tibetan Buddhism, adopted a Special Resolution to that effect on the first day of the 14th Tibetan Religious Conference, which lasts until Friday.

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