In 821, Ralpachen and Tang Emperor Mu Zong concluded a treaty, the text of which was inscribed on three stone pillars. One pillar was erected in the Chinese capital of Xi’an, one on the border between China and Tibet, and one (the only remaining pillar) in Lhasa known as the Doring Pillar. The treaty established that the “whole region to the east” was “Great China” and the “whole region to the west” was “Great Tibet.”
Most Chinese believe the government’s view that Tibet is thriving under China’s rule. They rarely hear about China’s heavy hand there or its suppression of Tibetan dissent. That’s where Tsering Woeser, a poet who grew up in Tibet, comes in. She lives in China and writes in Chinese striving to give a voice to her people.
Spain’s top criminal court has decided to hear a case brought by Tibetan rights activists who allege that China’s former President Hu Jintao committed genocide in Tibet.
Judges ruled that they were competent to handle the case because one of the activists, Tibetan monk Thubten Wangchen,…
Yet another self-immolation in Tibet. :(