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World Tibet Network News

Tuesday, January 16, 1996



1. Luxury sedan for 6-year-old spiritual leader


BEIJING, Jan 15,(Reuter) - China's First Automotive Works has donated a luxury
Little Red Flag sedan to the official reincarnation of the Panchen Lama, a boy
of 6 who ranks as the second highest monk in Tibetan Buddhism.

The car was delivered in December to the Communist Party's United Front
Department, responsible for relations with China's minorities, to show the best
wishes of the workers of the plant, the Workers' Daily said Monday.

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superseded the announcement of another boy by Tibet's exiled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

China says it has final say over senior lamas under a 1792 agreement
between Tibet and the Qing dynasty. Tibetan exiles dispute this,
saying the pact was informal and set not with China but with
occupying Manchus who were toppled in 1911.

Beijing asserted sovereignty over Tibet after China's 1949 Communist
takeover, sending troops to purge Tibetan "feudalism" and install socialism.


Articles in this Issue:
  1. Luxury sedan for 6-year-old spiritual leader
  2. Robbery disrupts China's high road to Tibet
  3. Taiwan sending Imperial treasures on U.S. tour
  4. Snowstorm paralyses northwest China trains
  5. Update on The Office of Tibet web site
  6. Former hunters now protecting rare wild animals in Tibet



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