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China Informs UN Panchen Lama Receiving "Good Cultural Education"

Savetibet.org, April 13, 2006

Beijing, China -- The UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Asma Jehangir, has reported that the Chinese Government has informed her that Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the boy recognized by the Dalai Lama as the Panchen Lama, is currently studying in "secondary school" and that he "is leading a normal, happy life and receiving a good cultural education."

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Most Japanese suspicious of Koizumi's shrine visit: Japanese monk

Xinhua, April 14, 2006

HANGZHOU, China -- A Japanese monk said here Friday that most Japanese are suspicious of their Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visits to the Yasukuni shrine that honors some World War II criminals.

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Disputed Panchen Lama defends China on religion

By Benjamin Kang Lim, Newsone (Reuters), April 13, 2006

HANGZHOU, China - Tibet‘s 11th Panchen Lama, anointed by China‘s atheist Communists but not by the Tibet‘s Dalai Lama, took center stage at the World Buddhist Forum on Thursday, defending China‘s record on religion.

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China’s Lama show at Buddhist forum

The Telegraph (Reuters), April 12, 2006

Hangzhou, China -- China’s atheist communist rulers used the opportunity of the World Buddhist Forum to introduce the 11th Panchen Lama to the world stage today, but fellow delegates shunned him.

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China decides against inviting Dalai Lama

Zee News, April 13, 2006

Beijing, China -- China has decided not to invite Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama to the first world Buddhist forum to be held from today in the country's east, saying his presence would have posed a "disharmonious" element to the meeting.

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Annan calls for harmonious coexistence of world people

Xinhua, April 13, 2006

HANGZHOU, China  -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan called on the international community to work for the common interests and harmonious coexistence of people across the world in a le tter congratulating on the opening of the First World Buddhist Forum here Thursday.

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First World Buddhist Forum Opens in East China City

Xinua, April 13, 2006

Hangzhou, China -- The First World Buddhist Forum opened Thursday morning in the scenic city of Hangzhou in east China's Zhejiang Province.

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Buddhism 'contributes to a harmonious society'

By Huan Xin, China Daily, April 11, 2006

Beijing, China -- Buddhism, a major religion in China, can play a unique role in promoting a "harmonious society" and contributing to world peace, a top religious affairs official and researchers said yesterday.

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Tibetan monk imprisoned after talking about Tibetan culture

www.savetibet.org, April 7, 2006

Lhasa, Tibet (China) -- A Tibetan monk and teacher of traditional monastic dance (Cham) from the Tibetan area of Amdo has been sentenced to four years in prison after he gave talks about Tibetan culture and history. Gendun, who is in his thirties, was detained in February 2005, with more than 20 monks, students and teachers also detained in connection with his case.

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Mao turns Buddhist for Tibet

by Jane Macartney, The Times (UK), March 31, 2006

Changsha, China -- CHAIRMAN MAO’S stern features are to gaze out over Tibet for the first time. A huge statue of Mao Zedong, whose Red Armies entered the deeply Buddhist Himalayan region in 1951 to extend Communist Party rule, is to stand in a newly built square in the town of Gongga.

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