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That members of the Chinese Communist Party and Ogyen Trinley Dorje, as documented in the Panama Papers, use the same law firm to hide what appears to be their financial relationship is no coincidence.
“Although the official patriotic Buddhist Association of China (BAC) was established in 1953, it has been since Deng Xiaoping came to power in 1981, that religion has played an official role in the construction of the new China. The aim was to mobilise all forces in the building of a modern socialist state and to serve Chinese interests abroad. Religious groups were required not only to show unswerving loyalty to the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the government, but also to be self-financing. This last point is important inasmuch as the allocation of these funds remains today under the control of State and Party, including a proportion that is difficult to calculate and that comes to them as their right and lawful dues.
Jiang Zemin endorsed this policy at the 14th CPC National Congress in 1992. He even went as far as making ‘spiritual civilization’ a feature of ‘socialism with Chinese characteristics’. This action was used not only to justify the value of ‘harmony’ as the basis of Chinese public order and a sign of allegiance to the CPC, but also to project a softer image of China to the outside world.”
Thus we can say without fear of contradiction that when the 16th Karmapa died in 1981 The Chinese Communist Party had a plan in place for the Karma Kagyu sect and it’s 1992 recognition of his successor.