Dr. Choje Akong Rinpoche, a Tibetan monk and British citizen, was killed on Oct. 8 along with his nephew and driver in the city of Chengdu, located roughly 1000 miles west of Shanghai in central China. According to a statement by Chengdu police, Akong Rinpoche was stabbed to death over a financial dispute. Three suspects, all Tibetan, have been taken into custody. Akong Rinpoche’s brother, Lama Yeche Rinpoche, released a statement that his brother had been “assassinated,” but did not give further details as to why he believed the death to be an assassination. Akong Rinpoche founded the first Buddhist monastery in the United Kingdom. (BBC, Washington Post, Oct. 9, 2013)
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Robert A. Kapp is senior advisor to the China Program at the Carter Center. He has been principal of Robert A. Kapp and Associates, a business consulting firm, since 2004. From 1994 through 2004 he served as President of the United States-China Business Council…