China on Saturday warned the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama not to interfere with the “reincarnation” process to select a successor after his death, saying the selection cannot be influenced by any group from outside the country.

Lest you be surprised, China is merely reiterating its stand here. It had said a few years ago said that it must approve the next Dalai Lama reincarnation.

The country had also banned monks from reincarnating.