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Focus on Panchen Lama at China's top advisory body

March 4, 2010

ZeeZee News (India)
March 3, 2010

Beijing (PTI) -- Panchen Lama, the 20-year-old
Tibetan monk elevated to China's top advisory
body, stole the show at its annual inaugural
session here today as Beijing sought to project
him as an alternative to exiled Dalai Lama.

Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu known as Panchen Lama
was among 13 people who has been nominated as new
members of the National Committee of the Chinese
People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).

A festive atmosphere prevailed at the historic
Tiananmen square, the scene of the 1989 student
protest that shook the ruling Chinese Communist
Party, as over 2,200 delegates to the Chinese
People's Political Consultative Conference
(CPPCC), arrived for the 10-day annual session.

Attention of the large foreign media covering the
otherwise lacklustre session turned onto Panchen
Lama, (original name Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu)
who was chosen by the Chinese government as the
member of the CPPCC days before the session kicked off.

One of the legislators from Tibet, who declined
to be identified in a brief conversation with the
Indian media, projected the young monk as the spiritual voice of Tibet.

"He (Panchen Lama) is a living Buddha and works
for the development of religious affairs,
economic, social and environmental issues of Tibet," he said.

The Panchen Lama is expected to take a central
role in the coming months to blunt the Tibet
independence campaign of Dalai Lama. China is
expected to project him as the sole spiritual
representative of Tibetan Buddhism. The young
Lama sat silently as TV cameras gave him a fair projection.

Beijing in recent weeks has attacked the Dalai
Lama, saying that he ceased to be a Tibetan after
his last year's assertion that he was born Tibetan but spiritually an Indian.

The young Lama has been given increasing
political role lately and he appeared along with
the Communist Party leaders in recent years praising Chinese rule in Tibet.

However, Chinese officials declined to respond to
a question whether the monk could be a rival to the exiled Tibetan leader.

Asked whether Panchen Lama?s elevation would
improve the image of China, he said: "Of course.
He will play more role in the development of
Tibetan religious affairs and the economic and social development".

There were strong references to Tibet in the
inaugural address of CPPCC Chairman Jia Qinglin.

"We will conscientiously implement the guiding
principles of the central leadership?s fifth
forum on Tibet work and strive to leapfrog
development and lasting stability in Tibet and
Tibetan ethnic areas in Sichuan, Yunnan, Gansu and Qinghai provinces," he said.

The delegates to the top body consisted of
business leaders, religious figures, academics
and celebrities who arrived at the Great Hall of
the People, one of the truly grand structure of
Beijing, housing CPPCC and the National People's Congress (NPC).

The CPPCC session showcased the diversity of the
country as representatives of the ethnic
minorities like Tibet and Xinxiang, the Muslim
majority province which turned restive following
clashes between local Uyghur community and the
mainland Han Chinese, arrived with their local costumes.

Beijing: Panchen Lama, the 20-year-old Tibetan
monk elevated to China's top advisory body, stole
the show at its annual inaugural session here
today as Beijing sought to project him as an alternative to exiled Dalai Lama.

Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu known as Panchen Lama
was among 13 people who has been nominated as new
members of the National Committee of the Chinese
People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).

A festive atmosphere prevailed at the historic
Tiananmen square, the scene of the 1989 student
protest that shook the ruling Chinese Communist
Party, as over 2,200 delegates to the Chinese
People's Political Consultative Conference
(CPPCC), arrived for the 10-day annual session.

Attention of the large foreign media covering the
otherwise lacklustre session turned onto Panchen
Lama, (original name Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu)
who was chosen by the Chinese government as the
member of the CPPCC days before the session kicked off.

One of the legislators from Tibet, who declined
to be identified in a brief conversation with the
Indian media, projected the young monk as the spiritual voice of Tibet.

"He (Panchen Lama) is a living Buddha and works
for the development of religious affairs,
economic, social and environmental issues of Tibet," he said.

The Panchen Lama is expected to take a central
role in the coming months to blunt the Tibet
independence campaign of Dalai Lama. China is
expected to project him as the sole spiritual
representative of Tibetan Buddhism. The young
Lama sat silently as TV cameras gave him a fair projection.

Beijing in recent weeks has attacked the Dalai
Lama, saying that he ceased to be a Tibetan after
his last year's assertion that he was born Tibetan but spiritually an Indian.

The young Lama has been given increasing
political role lately and he appeared along with
the Communist Party leaders in recent years praising Chinese rule in Tibet.

However, Chinese officials declined to respond to
a question whether the monk could be a rival to the exiled Tibetan leader.

Asked whether Panchen Lama?s elevation would
improve the image of China, he said: "Of course.
He will play more role in the development of
Tibetan religious affairs and the economic and social development".

There were strong references to Tibet in the
inaugural address of CPPCC Chairman Jia Qinglin.

"We will conscientiously implement the guiding
principles of the central leadership?s fifth
forum on Tibet work and strive to leapfrog
development and lasting stability in Tibet and
Tibetan ethnic areas in Sichuan, Yunnan, Gansu and Qinghai provinces," he said.

The delegates to the top body consisted of
business leaders, religious figures, academics
and celebrities who arrived at the Great Hall of
the People, one of the truly grand structure of
Beijing, housing CPPCC and the National People's Congress (NPC).

The CPPCC session showcased the diversity of the
country as representatives of the ethnic
minorities like Tibet and Xinxiang, the Muslim
majority province which turned restive following
clashes between local Uyghur community and the
mainland Han Chinese, arrived with their local costumes.
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