Beijing's choice as Tibet's second-highest spiritual leader has credited the Communist Party for providing the Tibetan people with prosperity and happiness.

The official Xinhua news agency Sunday quoted Gyaltsen Norbu, the 11th Panchen Lama, as saying that under the Chinese Communist Party, Tibet will have an even better future.

In an editorial to be carried in Monday's People's Daily newspaper, the 19-year-old cites a line of Buddhist scripture about the significance of good leaders and patriotic people to a country.

Earlier this month, the Panchen Lama, praised the Chinese Communist Party for liberating Tibet from feudal oppression.  China's official Xinhua news agency said the spiritual leader told reporters in Beijing that the Tibetan people should cherish what he called their "prosperity and happy lives."

Most Tibetans recognize Gendun Choekyi Nyima as the Panchen Lama because he was endorsed by the Dalai Lama.  The Chinese government says that young man and his family, who have not been seen in public since 1995, are living a healthy life and do not want to be disturbed.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.