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From Tibet to China's Tibet: Britain's Role

1 December 2008 - 14:00 to 16:00

Chatham House, London


Speaker: Dr Dibyesh Anand, Associate Professor, University of Westminster

Chair: Dr Kerry Brown, Senior Fellow, Asia Programme, Chatham House



As Britain recognised Chinese sovereignty over Tibet through a largely unpublicised ministerial statement in October 2008, China still faces an uphill task convincing international public opinion about its position on Tibet. The talk will analyse whether the recent British policy-shift is a break from its imperial history or a mere continuation of it. The speaker will examine the different ways in which history, sovereignty, development, nationalism, and paternalism are marshalled by China to represent Tibet as a legitimate part of a multiethnic China.

Dr Anand is a Reader (Associate Professor) in International Relations at the Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster. He is the author of 'Geopolitical Exotica: Tibet in Western Imagination, Tibet: A Victim of Geopolitics', and 'Hindu Nationalism in India and Politics of Fear'.

This meeting will be held on the record.