Why a taiwanese ex prime minister should engage in the chines connection of Ogyen Trinle? Here’s not the place to analyse this, but as promoter of the annexion of Taiwan in the chinese “Motherland”1 he was close to the Chinese: Chen Li-an confessed in an interview to Taiwan Business weekly in 1998, that he friendly met Jiang Zemin in Beijing, more than once.
He was e keyfigure in the contacts between the Chinese and Situ/Akong2/Thrangu Rinpoche
In 1993, Chen Li An, the Taiwanese Minister of National Defense from 1990 to 1993, “paid a secret visit to Sikkim as a guest of Tai Situ and Bhandari. In Mystery Monk Sayantan Chakravarty writes: “They discussed bringing Dorje (Ogyen Trinle) to Rumtek. Alarmed -not the least because India had no diplomatic relations with Taiwan – the Centre [secret service] put Tai Situ on the watch list.”3
Erik Curren writes in “Buddha’s Not Smiling:” “Newspaper reports and government investigators have documented that Chen Lu An delivered a payment of $1.5 million to Bhandari a few weeks after the Rumtek takeover.
According to Indian journalist Anil Maheshwari, “Chen visited India between November 28 and December 4, 1993 to attend a meeting organized by Karma Topden. As we have seen Topden was a leader of Situ’s Joint Action Committee in Sikkim [which supported Ogyen Trinle]. Situ Rinpoche was also present at this meeting, and Shamar’s supporters claim that this meeting was connected to Bhandari receiving a second payment from Chen for the chief minister’s role in the takeover of Rumtek four months earlier, in August.2 The Indian government launched an investigation, and in January 1994, the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi banned Chen from re-entring India. Chen Li-an is said to have bribed the Chief Minister of Sikkim.”
After the visit of Chen Li-An, Sikkimese Chief Minister Bhandari was summoned by the Indian Home Minister to Delhi (see article above, from the Indian Express of January 23, 1994.) as he was suspicious to due to his “proximity with China”.
This investigation was summarized in K. Shreedhar Rao’s report on Rumtek, which reads:
“It has been reported that the then Chief Minister Sri Nar Bahadur Bhandari
had developed links with Tai Situ Rinpoche and his attitude towards the
Rumtek controversy was to a large extent influence by the Tai Situ group.
Reports also indicate that his election campaign was financed by Tai Situ
Rinpoche.4 It is possible that Sri Bhandari wanted to keep his hold over the
Bhutia/Lepcha voters who he thought were inclined towards the Tai Situ
group. Bhandari’s own political history indicates that he was opposed to the
merger of Sikkim with India and he has not hesitated from taking anti India
stances whenever it suits his political convenience.”
And the money for the election campaign came probably from Chen Li-an.
Indian newspapers wrote about Chens visit to Sikkim:
“NEW DELHI – The Home Ministry has lapsed into embarrassed silence after
the disclosure of Taiwan Premier Chen Li-An’s secret sojourn in Gangtok five
weeks age against the backdrop of a mounting campaign for the induction of a
young Chinese monk as the head of Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim.
As a first step to cover its own tracks of inaction, it is seeking a belated
explanation from Sikkim Chief Minister Narbahadur Bhandari about why he
and his partymen played host to Chen and what they discussed during their
conclave in Martham.
Senior Home and Foreign Office officials swung into silent but frenetic action
when Prime Minister Narasimha Rao’s resentment was conveyed to them by his
top aides. Rao’s aides were in touch with hum as soon as Chen’s visit became
public knowledge through these columns ”5
Consequently, Chakravarty writes: “On August 2, 1994, the Home Ministry banned Tai Situ from entering this country [India] for anti-India activities.”6
It was at the above mentioned meeting, that Chen allegedly gave Bhandari a suitcase containing $1.5 million.
Interestingly Chen Li-an was beforehand informed about the flight of Ogyen Trile in 2000. Susan Cheung, writes in “The drama of Lamas” :
“Our source said the rumour about his escape was spread around in the Kagyupa (Karmapa sect) community in Taiwan. Chen Li An, the former head of the Control Yuan of Taiwan, told his followers in November the 17th Karmapa would be out of Tibet very soon.”7
That means that he is for the annexation of Taiwan to China, as the mainland policy of Lee was. Wikipedia again:.
“Lee has also stated that he believes that Taiwan cannot avoid being assimilated into the People’s Republic of China unless it completely rejects its historical Chinese identity and that he believes that it is essential that Taiwanese unite and develop a unified and separate identity other than the Chinese one. Furthermore, in reference to Mainlanders, he believes that to be truly Taiwanese, one must assume a “New Taiwanese” identity.”
2In an interview to the French section of his Charity organization Rokpa, dated May 3rd, 2007, Akong explains very openly how he was recruited by the United Front Department in 198367. During a visit in Beijing on his way back from Kharn, he met with the late 11 th Panchen Lama, himself Vice-President of the BAC and directly working for Zhao Puchu to contribute to the Socialist Buddhist revival.
The Panchen Lama asked him to contribute to the “self-sufficient” new Dharma by financing the special fund created by China to this purpose (co-headed by another key actor Ngapo Ngawang Jigme68, grand-father of Jamgong Kongtrul Rinpoche), known as the ‘Tibet Development Fund” (TDF), in which Akong is still enlisted and an active member now.
3 Sayantan Chakravarty: Mystery Monk, India Today, Feb 7, 2000.
4 Allegedly the money came from Li-an.
5 From Express News Service dated January 9th, 1994.
6Sayantan Chakravarty: Mystery Monk, India Today, Feb 7, 2000.
7 The drama of Lamas” by Susan Cheung, 23/04/2000, Straits Times of Singapore