After 50 years in exile, the Dalai Lama continues to ask for Tibetan independence from Chinese control.

That was a photo slideshow from the BBC. Hello I’m Charlotte Bellis and you’re watching Newsy.com.

In a speech marking the 50th anniversary of the Tibetan uprising against the Chinese authorities, the Dalai Lama accused the Chinese government of killing hundreds of thousands of Tibetans over decades, saying Chinese rule is creating “hell on earth.”

Security is tight in Tibet, where protestors took to the streets in 2008. Australia’s ABC News notes the anxiety in the region.

“Today, there is quite a bit of tension up there. When we moved around and tried to speak to people in all Tibetan towns, it is really difficult to get people to speak because they are nervous, they're nervous about the police watching them.” (ABC Radio)

China’s state-run Xinhua headlines ‘Tibetans are unhappy when Dalai Lama tells lies’. The story features a Tibetan company manager who says:

“How can Tibetans be unhappy when the economy develops so fast with the support from the central government?”
(Xinhua)

Al Jazeera English featured exiled Tibetan students, who have never known an independent Tibet. The students circulate protests through Internet video.

“We push and push that eventually we are able to make things difficult in Tibet for the Chinese government that they will be the ones seeking negotiations from the Tibetan government here. They will become the ones who will are appealing to the Dalai Lama to talk to them, not the other way around.” (Al Jazeera English)


CNN has an opinion piece written by the director of the China National Association of International Studies. He has China’s perspective on the Dalai Lama…

“And I think China, however, considers him to be both a spiritual leader, but also more importantly, as a political activist with a lot of political agendas.” (CNN)

France 24 takes the perspective that Tibetans are suffering under Chinese control.


“ ‘Right now we are in the pits. We are in the worst state of affairs. From now on, we think that things will improve.’ Any reconciliation seems unlikely to come anytime soon. But even after 50 years the exile’s optimism and dream of returning to Tibet remain undiminished.” (France 24)

So, do you think the Dalai Lama’s speech was political or spiritual? Do you think the Chinese government is suppressing the Tibetan people?

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China and the Dalai Lama

After 50 years in exile, the Dalai Lama continues to ask for Tibetan independence from Chinese control.

That was a photo slideshow from the BBC. Hello I’m Charlotte Bellis and you’re watching Newsy.com.

In a speech marking the 50th anniversary of the Tibetan uprising against the Chinese authorities, the Dalai Lama accused the Chinese government of killing hundreds of thousands of Tibetans over decades, saying Chinese rule is creating “hell on earth.”

Security is tight in Tibet, where protestors took to the streets in 2008. Australia’s ABC News notes the anxiety in the region.

“Today, there is quite a bit of tension up there. When we moved around and tried to speak to people in all Tibetan towns, it is really difficult to get people to speak because they are nervous, they're nervous about the police watching them.” (ABC Radio)

China’s state-run Xinhua headlines ‘Tibetans are unhappy when Dalai Lama tells lies’. The story features a Tibetan company manager who says:

“How can Tibetans be unhappy when the economy develops so fast with the support from the central government?”
(Xinhua)

Al Jazeera English featured exiled Tibetan students, who have never known an independent Tibet. The students circulate protests through Internet video.

“We push and push that eventually we are able to make things difficult in Tibet for the Chinese government that they will be the ones seeking negotiations from the Tibetan government here. They will become the ones who will are appealing to the Dalai Lama to talk to them, not the other way around.” (Al Jazeera English)


CNN has an opinion piece written by the director of the China National Association of International Studies. He has China’s perspective on the Dalai Lama…

“And I think China, however, considers him to be both a spiritual leader, but also more importantly, as a political activist with a lot of political agendas.” (CNN)

France 24 takes the perspective that Tibetans are suffering under Chinese control.


“ ‘Right now we are in the pits. We are in the worst state of affairs. From now on, we think that things will improve.’ Any reconciliation seems unlikely to come anytime soon. But even after 50 years the exile’s optimism and dream of returning to Tibet remain undiminished.” (France 24)

So, do you think the Dalai Lama’s speech was political or spiritual? Do you think the Chinese government is suppressing the Tibetan people?

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