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The Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, says he is considering breaking with centuries of tradition and naming his own successor.
Usually, following the death of a Dalai Lama, senior Tibetan Buddhist officials, guided by dreams and signs, identify a young child to succeed him.
But the Dalai Lama said he feared China would try to influence this process.
He said he was considering whether his successor should be picked by him, or elected by high ranking Buddhist monks.