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70th birthday anniversary of late Panchen Lama commemorated

February 5, 2008

     BEIJING, Feb. 3, 2008 (Xinhua) -- The 10th Panchen Lama was
commemorated on Sunday on what would have been his 70th birthday in an
article in China's People's Daily newspaper.

     The article hailed the 10th Panchen, also known as Bainqen Erdini
Qoigyi Gyaincain, as a great patriot, noted statesman, devoted friend of
the Communist Party of China (CPC), and outstanding leader of Tibetan
Buddhism. It urged people to uphold his patriotic spirit and do a better
job in Tibet.

     Born in Wendu Township, Xunhua County in northwest China's Qinghai
Province, on Feb. 3, 1938, he was confirmed as the 10th incarnation of
the Panchen Lama in early 1949. He died of a heart attack at 51 on Jan.
28, 1989, in Xigaze, the largest city in Tibet outside the capital, Lhasa.

     According to the article, the Panchen Lama, under the banner of
patriotism, unity and progress, supported the central government's
policy of introducing democratic reform to Tibet.

     On Oct. 1, 1949, Panchen cabled late Chairman Mao Zedong and late
Marshal Zhu De his congratulations on the founding of the People's
Republic of China, pledging his support to the central government and
expressing his wish for the early liberation of Tibet.

     Panchen Lama had long served on the Standing Committee of the
National People's Congress (NPC) and the National Committee of the
Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. He was also a great
leader of Tibetan Buddhism and contributed a lot to the development of
Buddhism in China.

     The 11th Panchen Lama, Gyaincain Norbu, confirmed as the
reincarnation of the 10th Panchen Lama on Nov. 29, 1995, paid a formal
visit to Wu Bangguo, Chairman of NPC Standing Committee, in Beijing on
Jan. 31.

     The 11th Panchen Lama vowed to support the CPC's leadership and
make more contributions to the Tibetan economy and social harmony.
Editor: Lin Li
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