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Dalai Lama-picked Panchen Lama not valid: China

March 8, 2010

March 7, 2010

Beijing, March 7 (IANS) -- The Panchen Lama
selected by Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai
Lama was ‘invalid’, an official said here Sunday.

The Panchen Lama is a senior Tibetan spiritual leader.

Padma Choling, chairman of the Tibet autonomous
regional government, said the Panchen Lama picked
by the Dalai Lama was not valid and added that he
was living a good life as an ordinary citizen in Tibet.

He said there was no need now to discuss the
issues related to the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama.

Addressing reporters on the sidelines of the
annual session of the National People’s Congress,
Padma called the Dalai Lama the mastermind of a
separatist group and ‘the very source of instability of Tibet’.

‘The Dalai’s lies to the world and media have
adversely affected Tibet’s development,’ Xinhua
news agency quoted him as saying.

He said the 11th Panchen Lama, Bainqen Erdini
Qoigyijabu, who was selected by Beijing, was
‘deeply loved’ and supported by people of all ethnic groups in Tibet.

‘The selection of the 11th Panchen Lama was
approved by the central government through
lot-drawing in 1995 in strict accordance with
religious rituals and historical conventions in Tibetan Buddhism.

‘The reincarnation cannot be decided by certain
individuals, it must follow strict religious rituals,’ he said.

The Dalai Lama has lived since 1959 in India,
which is also home to some 100,000 Tibetan
exiles. The Dalai Lama’s government-in-exile,
which is not recognised by any country, is based
in the Indian hill town Dharamsala.
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