On Tibetans’ refusal to live under circumstances prescribed from above
Wandering through the rambling streets and markets of Lhasa, watched over by the majestic Potala Palace, I found myself preoccupied with the thought that there must be more fire extinguishes per capita here than in any other city in the world. Soldiers and security guards march in formation around Barkhor Square with foam-filled red canisters strapped to their backs.
It’s become a matter of routine that every year the United States and China – from their respective positions of moral superiority – take part in a diplomatic tit-for-tat in which they each document the other’s human rights violations. In America, this takes the form of a State Department Country Report, which, incidentally, they issue for every nation. In China, the report’s published by the Information Office and runs in the state-owned Chinese and English-language newspapers.
The Dalai Lama suggests he’ll be the last of his line, and in doing so challenges Chinese imperialism.