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World Tibet Network News

Friday, January 12, 1996



1. China communist chief meets anointed Tibet monk


By Jane Macartney

BEIJING, Jan 12 (Reuter) - China's Communist Party chief Jiang Zemin met
the official reincarnation of the Panchen Lama on Friday and urged the
six-year-old boy, Tibetan Buddhism's second-ranking monk, to defend
patriotism
in the unruly Himalayan region.

"The Communist Party and government hope the 11th Panchen Lama will
study well, grow up healthy and inherit the patriotic spirit of previous
Panchen Lamas," the party chief, who is also state president, told the boy in
a meeting in Beijing's Zhongnanhai compound, the heart of party rule.

The boy -- identified in an ancient ceremony in the Tibetan capital
Lhasa presided over by a senior party official last month -- presented Jiang
with the white silk scarf that in Tibet conveys the blessing of the Living
Buddha.

Jiang, dressed in a sober grey suit, smiled, clapped and offered a
similar gauzy scarf in return, giving the official blessing of Beijing's
atheist rulers to the tiny reincarnation.

The enthronement of Gyaincain Norbu as the "soul boy" recipient of the
spirit of the 10th Panchen Lama, who died in 1989, aroused a storm of
controversy because it superseded the announcement of a different
reincarnation by Tibet's exiled god-king, the Dalai Lama.Ô


Articles in this Issue:
  1. China communist chief meets anointed Tibet monk
  2. China plans Tibet grain output
  3. Sino-U.S. Aluminium Joint Venture in Gansu
  4. Tibet receives more tourists, sees higher earnings
  5. Canadian Company Announces Silver Mining Venture in Sichuan
  6. Shanghai to aid Tibet with science and technology development



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