Washington: The US Secretary of State has demanded that at least now, China should reveal information regarding Panchen Lama, abducted 25 years ago. On 17th May 1995, China had abducted Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the 11th Panchen Lama. At that time, he was six years old. He was appointed Panchen Lama just three days before the abduction.
Panchen Lama is the second-highest leader in the Tibetan Buddhist community, after Dalai Lama. Gedhun Choekyi Nyima was appointed as Panchen Lama when he was six years old. China, in its oppressive efforts to wipe out the religious and cultural identity of the Tibetan Buddhist community, abducted the newly appointed Panchen Lama. China has not allowed any details of the Panchen Lama to be leaked thereafter. The Chinese abduction completed 25 years on 17th May 2020. On this occasion, US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, demanded that China should reveal the information regarding the abducted Panchen Lama.
It is claimed that China has kept Panchen Lama under detention in Beijing or some other Chinese city. A thick possibility of China eliminating the Panchen Lama has been predicted too. Against this background, the demand made by the US Secretary of State is adding to the pressure on China. The Tibetan administration has also made the demand for the release of the Panchen Lama and has started a campaign for this.
The US Secretary of State had threatened to reconsider the status of Hong Kong if China targeted US journalists in Hong Kong. This increased the pressure on China, trying to block the information regarding the oppression of the Hong Kong pro-democracy demonstrations from the international community. The US has also reprimanded China that it will not tolerate the Chinese attempts to dominate Taiwan using its military might. Now, the United States has reassured the Tibetan people fighting for their religious and cultural identity by raising this question regarding the fate of Panchen Lama. This could have a very positive impact on Tibet.