This is Urgyen Trinley Dorje, the Seventeenth Gyalwang Karmapa, the prominent Tibetan Monk, second only to the Dalai Lama in ranking. He is also the proud owner of a Dominica CBI passport, although how he was able to secure one is a bit of a mystery, as Tibetans are only issued ID cards by China, not passports. Just how did he prove his identity to Dominica's Citizenship by Investment Unit ? Perhaps the Chinese Government was able to assist him.
The Karmapa is currently living in the United States; he's reportedly been here for more than a year, reportedly not wanting to return to India, which has indicated that it will impose severe travel restrictions upon him, due to concerns about his close relationship with the Government of the Peoples' Republic of China.
Their Holinesses, the Dalai Lama and the Karmapa
The Chinese Embassy in Dominica, which amazingly disgorged over 900 Chinese nationals when a hurricane last threatened the country, is an oddity. Its size is completely disproportional to its stated mission. There is little commercial traffic between the Commonwealth of Dominica and China. A handful of foreign students, less than one can count on the fingers of your hands, and, except for foreign aid, such as weapons and armoured cars, not much contact between the two governments.
Embassy of the Peoples' Republic of China, Dominica
The majority of Dominica CBI passport holders are Chinese nationals; the same statistics are true for Antigua & Barbuda; St Kitts & Nevis also has a large number of its CIP applicants from China. How many of these supposedly "private businessmen" from China are, in truth and in fact, intelligence agents engaged in espionage in the United States ? We cannot say, but it might be interesting for American law enforcement to determine how many ethnic Chinese are residing in the US with CBI passport, and what activities are they engaging in while based here.
Chronicles of Monte Friesner - Financial Crime Analyst
Contributed by Kenneth Rijock - Financial Crime Consultant