From the Wall Street Journal:
Fifty years after the Dalai Lama fled Tibet, the spiritual leader said his people’s culture, religion and identity were “nearing extinction” under Chinese rule, as security forces blanketed ethnic Tibetan areas to prevent unrest linked to Tuesday’s anniversary of a failed uprising against Beijing.
The tough remarks, in a speech delivered in Dharmsala, India, seat of Tibet’s self-proclaimed government in exile, underscore the strained relations with Beijing after talks last year made no apparent progress.
The Dalai Lama said China’s communist government had subjected Tibet and its people to “untold suffering and destruction” over the past five decades, turning the Himalayan region into “hell on earth.” He also called for “meaningful autonomy” for Tibetans.
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