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Yearender 2015: Ten most talked-about newsmakers

( Updated: 2015-12-31 06:36
Yearender 2015: Ten most talked-about newsmakers

Shi Yongxin, the abbot of Shaolin Temple, who found landed himself in a controversy. [Photo/China Daily]

In trouble: Shi Yongxin

Shaolin Temple and its presiding monk Yongxin have never been in such a credibility crisis. Yongxin was accused of abusing his position by keeping a mistress and having fathered a child, as well as misappropriating money accumulated through the temple's various business activities.

The monk has long been a controversial figure since he rose to fame from late 1980s by launching commercial activities for the sacred Shaolin temple with a history of more than 1,500 years and making the temple famous worldwide.

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