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Tenth Panchen Lama

The Tenth Panchen Lama was chosen by the entourage of his predecessor, who had been in exile from Tibet in China since 1924 due to a territorial dispute with the Thirteenth Dalai Lama. This situation allowed Nationalist China to exploit the Ninth Panchen Lama to create disunity in Tibet and allowed the Chinese Communist Party to do the same with his successor. The Tenth Panchen Lama was not recognized by Lhasa in 1950 when he pledged his allegiance to the Chinese Communists and called for the “liberation” of Tibet.

The Panchen Lama’s attempt to cooperate with the Chinese Communists lasted slightly longer than that of the Dalai Lama, until 1964, when he was purged. The Panchen Lama wrote what became known as his 70,000 character petition to Mao and Zhou Enlai detailing in the most respectful language the failures of the Party’s policies in Tibet. He was removed from his position as the nominal head of the Preparatory Committee for the TAR and taken to Beijing where he was imprisoned or under house arrest for the next 18 years.

He was finally released and allowed to play a role in Tibetan affairs during the liberalized period of the 1980s. He died in 1989 under controversial circumstances after having aroused the opposition of hard-line Chinese and Tibetan cadres. The search for his reincarnation then became a source for competition between Beijing and the Dalai Lama. Beijing rejected the Dalai Lama’s choice and selected a boy who has yet to be accepted by the Tibetan people.

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Location:  Asia - Eastern China
Capital:  Lhasa
Communist Rule:  1950 - Current
Status:  Occupied
Victims of Communism:
1.2 million