Respected British Tibetan monk killed in south-west China
BEIJING (AP) - A respected Tibetan monk who co-founded the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery in the West and maintained contacts with the Beijing government was killed in China, local police and his brother said.
Tarap Shetrup Akong was a rare example of an overseas Tibetan monk who was able to travel regularly to China, build schools in poverty-stricken areas and meet with senior government officials despite fleeing his Himalayan homeland after the Communist Party's takeover of Tibet decades ago. Reports of his death by stabbing on Tuesday were met with shock and sadness among Tibetans.
"He was kind and astute, and earned the respect of the community," said Tibetan writer and activist Tsering Woeser, who met the monk in 2003 in a western Chinese town where he was preparing for a charity school project.
The monk, a British citizen, was attacked by three Tibetans at his residence in the south-western Chinese city of Chengdu on Tuesday and was killed along with his nephew and a driver, Chengdu police said.