Oct. 11 (DPA/Monster & Critics): China plans to tighten control over Tibetan Buddhist monasteries to
reduce the influence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other ‘internal and external separatist forces,’ according to an Oct. 11 government notice.
China’s State Administration of Religious Affairs issued the ‘Management measure for Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and temples’ to be applied from November 1, saying it was devised in response to a growing foreign influence and ‘separatist activities.’
The notice followed the reported sentencing of two monks accused of leading anti-Chinese protests in 2008 in Lhasa, the capital of China’s Tibet Autonomous Region.
The State Administration of Religious Affairs said it began drafting the new management measure for monasteries in late 2008.