LETTER: Trouble in Tibet

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From Mr Hua Jinzhou

Sir: In his article about the choice of a new Panchen Lama ("Tibet in turmoil over ruin of ancient rituals", 8 December), Tim McGirk wrote:

The Chinese are attempting to smash an occult ritual that has persisted in Tibet for hundreds of years.

This is sheer nonsense. The search for and determination of the 11th Panchen Lama was conducted strictly in accordance with religious ritual and historical convention and has won the support of religious personnel and believers in Tibet.

On the contrary, it is the Dalai Lama who violated the ritual and convention on the issue of Panchen Lama's reincarnation in an attempt to deny China's sovereignty over Tibet and stir up trouble in Tibet by depriving the right of the central government to the final determination of the reincarnation.

What he has done is utterly illegal and invalid, and it is only natural that it has been rejected by the religious personnel and believers in Tibet.

Sincerely yours,

Hua Jinzhou

Press Counsellor

Chinese Embassy

London, W1

13 December

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