China's President Xi Jinping attends a welcoming ceremony for Angola's President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, June 9, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Lee
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Gyaincain Norbu, who China appointed as its choice of 11th Panchen Lama, was asked by Xi to carry on the "patriotic tradition" of Tibetan Buddhism during Wednesday's meeting, the China Daily newspaper said.Many Tibetans do not recognize Norbu as the Panchen Lama -- the second most revered figure in the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism.Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama's choice for Panchen lama, Gendun Choekyi Nyima, was detained by Chinese authorities in 1995 at the age of six and has not been seen since.The 10th Panchen Lama died in 1989 after a tumultuous relationship with China's communist leaders which saw him lauded and later imprisoned.
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