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As the Dalai Lama’s age raises expectations of his demise, China ramps up the presence of its official alternative, the ‘Chinese Panchen,’ who finds little acceptance among Tibetans

yaltsen Norbu, referred to dismissively by some Tibetans as a "Chinese Buddhism official," has been visiting monasteries, schools and hospitals across the region, a road show that a state media publication described as preparation for "a post-Dalai Lama era."
11 months ago
Amedeo Tumolillo
By Amedeo Tumolillo
Amedeo Tumolillo is an editorial consultant with SupChina and award-winning multimedia journalist. He previously worked at The New York Times and Spectrum. Follow him on Twitter at @hellotumo.
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