The European Union has consistently indicated that it expects China to respect the Dalai Lama’s succession, in accordance with Tibetan Buddhist standards. This position was also recalled at the previous meeting on 1 April 2019. The European Union will continue to express its position on this issue. writes Mr. Joesp Borrell, the EU Foreign Affairs Chief and Vice President of the European Commission in his concluding written response to the question of the MEPs Petras Auštrevičius, Aušra Maldeikienė, Hannes Heide, Francisco Guerreiro, and Petra De Sutter.
The question was in reference to the EU’s position on the issue of Chinese interference and Dalai Lama’s reincarnation and therefore what was the EU’s stand on the matter. The MEPs are close friends of Tibetans with whom the Office of Tibet, Brussels maintain respectful relations. All of them are also active in the Tibet Interest Group (TIG) of the European Parliament.