Beijing: Doubting whether Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama could really "retire" from his political role as announced by him recently, a Chinese Tibetologist said that the Tibetan issue would not have a quick solution even after the passing away of the ageing monk.

"It is natural for the 76-year-old man to retire from work but I do not understand from what position the Dalai Lama will retire and how he will do to realise it," Prof. Du Yongbin, with the China Tibetology Research Centre, told journalists at a seminar organised by the All-China Journalists Association.

 The 14th Dalai Lama has a dual identity, both political and religious, but he does not hold any official position in the so-called Tibetan "government-in-exile", Du said.

"And by no means he will retire from being the Dalai Lama," state run Xinhua news agency quoted him as saying.

The Dalai Lama announced in mid March that he would give up his political role in the Tibetan "government-in-exile" and shift that power to an "elected leader.

"The Chinese government and the Communist Party of China have dismissed it as trick by the monk to deceive the international community.

"His resign announcement can be regarded as an attempt to give up his political role but I doubt if it will be easily realised," Du said.

He said he would not rush to make the conclusion but would follow the future development.

When asked what would happen if the ageing Dalai Lama passes away, Du noted that the Tibet issue would not have a quick solution with or without the 14th Dalai Lama.

"For so many years, all related sides have been working to find a solution to the Tibet issue while the Dalai Lama is alive.

And they have not got one," he said.

"I don't think they would easily find one after he passes away."

Du said the Dalai Lama's demand to build a "greater Tibet" is a major obstacle with because the Chinese people, including Tibetans, do not agree with it.

The demand for greater for Tibet integrating all Tibetan prefectures with Tibet Autonomous region of the Tibet in China was one of the main demands of the Dalai Lama’s representatives in the few rounds of talks held by them with Chinese government last year.

(Agencies)