Dalai Lama accuses China of training agents to poison him

By Siddhartha Kumar ,dpa

NEW DELHI — Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has said that Chinese agents have trained Tibetan women to poison him while posing as devotees.

In an interview with the British newspaper the Sunday Telegraph, the 76-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner revealed he had received reports from inside Tibet warning about some Chinese agents training Tibetan women in a plot to assassinate him. “We received some sort of information from Tibet,” the Buddhist leader, who is currently touring Britain, said. “Some Chinese agents training some Tibetans, especially women, you see, using poison — the hair poisoned, and the scarf poisoned — they were supposed to seek blessing from me, and touch my hand.” The Dalai Lama said he lives within a high security cordon in Dharamsala in the Himalayan foothills, on advice of Indian security officials. He said suspicion of Chinese interference in finding his reincarnation following his death meant he may be the last Dalai Lama, and that Tibetans could decide to abandon the institution. A number of young Buddhist monks, including the Karmapa Lama, could emerge as the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, he said. The Dalai Lama’s office also confirmed to the IANS news agency of the “threat perception to his life.” Indian police said they reviewed his security at regular intervals in view of the perceived threats. Despite tense ties with Beijing the Dalai Lama believes China will change its hard-line stance within his lifetime and adopt democratic reforms, to protect its economic growth. The Dalai Lama fled Tibet along with many of his supporters and took refuge in India when Chinese troops took control of Lhasa in 1959. The Tibetan government-in-exile, headquartered in Dharamsala, is not recognized by any country. India is home to about 100,000 Tibetan refugees who live in 35 settlements.