Separating Fact from Image on Tibet – Howard W. French

In the New York Times, Howard French looks at the complexities of the Tibet issue, which often get overlooked in the arguments presented by both the Chinese government and Tibet’s Western supporters:

As with most long-running disputes, the facts that underpin the Tibetan question are full of nuance and subject to competing interpretations. That no major party to this situation has been particularly generous in acknowledging this has only reinforced the overall air of intractability.

China’s rulers, accustomed to controlling the flow of information and ideas, and hence how history is taught, skim over – or edit out – parts of Tibet’s past that are inconvenient to their narrative. [Full text]

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