March 10th, 2010
12:19 PM ET

China's Panchen Lama gets high profile

Until recently, he had rarely appeared in public. But now, he has been named to China's top advisory body. The appointment of the 11th Panchen Lama, the second highest Tibetan spiritual figure, to the Chinese People's Consultative Conference is largely symbolic. But it's politically significant.

When the advisory group's annual conference convened Wednesday, the focus turned to the 19-year-old bespectacled Tibetan monk who appeared among 2,000 politicians, religious leaders, businessmen, academics and celebrities.

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