China takes on Dalai with new role for young monk

China takes on Dalai with new role for young monk

Gyaltsen Norbu, the 11th  Tibetan Panchen Lama. AFP

Twenty-year-old Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu known as Panchen Lama was among 13 people who on Sunday became new members of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).

Their memberships were approved by a meeting of the Standing Committee of the CPPCC National Committee, which is made up of about 2,200 business leaders, religious figures, academics and celebrities, served in an advisory capacity to the National People’s Congress, China’s Parliament.

The young Lama whose name is Gyaltsen Norbu, has been given increasing political role in recent years and he appeared along with the Communist Party leaders praising Chinese rule in Tibet.

Protest against US
His elevation into the CPPCC National Committee came as China made vociferous protest over US President Barack Obama’s meeting with the Dalai Lama in Washington.
Beijing in recent weeks also attacked 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.
Despite official patronage Norbu has not gained wide acceptance among Tibetans as an alternate to Dalai Lama.

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