US Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Samuel D Brownback said that there is no authority for China to pick the next Dalai Lama. He said that they had done a good job in all these years. “I travelled to Dharamshala, India to speak to the Tibetan community that were assembled there in exile and to tell them that the US is opposed to China picking the next Dalai Lama,” said Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom. “They have no right to do that. They have no theological basis to do that. The Tibetan Buddhists have successfully picked their leader for hundreds of years, if not longer, and they have the right to do that now,” he added. However, the 14th Dalai Lama is at Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh and he has lived in India since 1959. He fled to India when the Chinese government cracked down on Tibetan Buddhists. India is home to over 1,60,000 Tibetans.