By Tenzin Tseten

The year 2012 marks the dynamic year for China with the ongoing political infighting among the top brass leadership. On the other hand, the Beijing handpicked Panchen Lama Gyaltsen Norbu, aged 22 has made his maiden political appearance outside the mainland China in third world Buddhist forum held in Hong Kong which was attended by more than 4000 Buddhist monks, nuns and scholars from 50 different countries. Despite his rare appearances, he made his political debut in 2010 at the annual session of the Chinese People Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) as a national committee member of the top political advisory body and he had also attended the 1st and 2nd world Buddhist forum in year 2006 and 2009 respectively. 

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