“Doctors have diagnosed him with chest infection and he is being treated for that. His condition is stable now. He will be treated for two, three days here,” Tenzin Taklha, his personal secretary, told media. He told last month that it was possible that once he dies his incarnation could be found in India, and warned that any other successor named by China would not be respected.
China took control of Tibet in 1950 and is considering him a dangerous separatist. Last month marked 60 years since the Dalai Lama fled Tibet for exile in India. India officially calls him “(our) most esteemed and honored guest.” It is unclear who will succeed him when he dies, how that person will be picked or whether there will even be another Dalai Lama. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said in March the “reincarnation of living Buddhas including the Dalai Lama must comply with Chinese laws and regulations and follow religious rituals and historical conventions.”