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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

G
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."
8 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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