Where is Panchen Lama?
The question has been raised time and again with no conclusive answers. The official mouthpiece of China (Xinhua) reported in September 2000 that Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, born on April 25, 1989 and his family had been provided with a quiet living environment that enables them to avoid outside interference. The Chinese state media said that he was attending elementary school. The Dalai Lama in May 1995 recognized Nyima, then six-years old, as the reincarnation of the former Panchen Lama, who had passed away in 1989. On May 17, 1995, the six year-old boy and his parents disappeared from their home, reportedly taken into Chinese police custody for their protection. Since then, there have been conflicting reports about the whereabouts of Gedhun Choekyi Nyima and his parents.