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July 18, 2018 By Center for China Analysis and Strategy, CCAS

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Late Panchen Lama’s daughter in Tibet, is CCP behind the visit?

June 26, 2018

A recent blog by Claudi Arpi claimed the daughter of the late tenth Panchen Lama Rigzin Wangmo was in Tibet after her last visit on June 20, 2013 when she and her mother was welcomed warmly by a huge gathering of Tibetans. She visited two of the most important monasteries in Lhasa, Ramoche and Jokhang and also Tashilhunpo in Shigatse, the monastery of the Panchen Lamas. The blog speculated that the CCP may want to promote the tenth Panchen Lama who had been critical of China’s Tibet Policies. In an interview given in 2006 to, The Southern People Weekly, RinzinWangmo, shared several personal life stories including how her father the Tenth Panchen Lama departed from the conventional ways of a lama by getting married. She further disclosed that her mother Li Jie was the granddaughter of a Kuomintang General Dong Qiwu, and how she was blessed by Deng Yingchao (wife of Zhou Enlai) and Xi Zhongxun (father of Xi Jinping) when she was a baby. She also claimed that Deng Yingchao gave her the childhood nickname “Tuantuan/Circle” meaning “wishing for an unbroken circle of solidarity and harmony between the Han and Tibetan peoples”.
(Comment: Her recent visit to Tibet has prompted speculation that she is possibly working with the CCP on sensitive current religious issues.
The Tenth Panchen Lama had also submitted a 70,000-character document entitled “A Report on the Sufferings of the Masses in Tibet and Other Tibetan Regions and Suggestions for Future Work to the Central Authorities through the Respected Premier Zhou” as a petition. The Panchen Lama wrote that, “he wished only to point out some mistakes by lower level cadres that had led to deleterious results for Tibet and Tibetans and he expressed his confidence that such mistakes would be corrected.“ In his report he was careful to praise the doctrines and policies of the CCP and to adhere to the political line that class struggle (between classes within Tibet) rather than national conflict (between China and Tibet) was the source of the revolt. However, he emphasized that Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan national identity were threatened and that the loyalty of Tibetans to the Chinese Government was at stake.)[PDF]

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