Tibet, Beijing And The Olympics

By : Richard Lawton

Tibet is, I gather, a beautiful, exotic, remote country. Home of the Dalai Lama, we expect it to be peaceful, with quiet Buddhist ways predominating. Instead, it is a troubled paradise. Since 1951 China has regarded Tibet as part of itself, as it has at various other stages through a troubled history. The Dalai Lama fled to nearby India, which hosts him only provided he doesn’t cause any trouble with India’s near and very powerful neighbour. Many Tibetans desire independence. Protests last week were stomped on by China, with many deaths, thousands imprisoned, and the Dalai Lama accused of being behind such terrorism.

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