China and Tibet: Tibet Matters
This year marks the sixtieth anniversary of the People’s Republic of China. And just fifty years ago the Dalai Lama and a hundred thousand Tibetans fled over the Himalayas to exile in India. Despite China’s growing power, and continued Tibetan dissent, no solution has been possible. The Dalai Lama recently described Tibet as ‘Hell on earth’ while the Chinese-appointed Panchen Lama said there could be ‘no freedom without the Communist Party’. Both sides are maneuvering for another skirmish.