China has now announced that a boy who mysteriously disappeared 25 years-ago at the age of six after being declared by religious leaders in Tibet of being the reincarnation of the Panchen Lama.
The boy then mysteriously disappeared, after being presumably abducted by Chinese authorities.
As The Daily Mail reports:
A boy who disappeared 25 years ago after being picked by the Dalai Lama as Tibetan Buddhism’s second-highest figure is now a college graduate with a normal life and a stable job, China has revealed.
Very little information has been given about Gedhun Choekyi Nyima or his family since he went missing at the age of six – shortly after being named as the 11th Panchen Lama.
China, which claims that Tibet is part of its territory, selected another boy to the position six months after Gedhun Choekyi Nyima vanished.
Foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said on Tuesday that Gedhun Choekyi Nyima ‘received free compulsory education when he was a child, passed the college entrance examination and now has a job.’