Red China: Reminder for Buddhists

When the Chinese Communists seized Tibet in 1959 and drove its Buddhist god-King, the Dalai Lama, into exile, Peking found what it thought was a ready puppet in the kingdom's No. 2 Buddhist, the Panchen Lama. The Panchen seemed a perfect choice, since he was born and raised in China and had long coveted his master's post. Mao Tse-tung beamed benevolently as the young successor was given his official title, Acting Chairman of the Preparatory Committee for the Tibetan Autonomous Region. The Reds even made him a Deputy in Peking's parliament.

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