Tibet

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Will Tibet ever achieve full statehood?

Asked by Brian Luckett, from Morgan State University

There is little prospect Tibet will achieve full statehood in the foreseeable future. Apart from preservation of its own power, China's Communist Party's highest imperative is the territorial integrity of the country. It is determined to keep Tibet a part of China and thus far the world community has acquiesced in China's claim.

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Interview

U.S.-China: Dalai Lama Drama

Robert J. Barnett interviewed by Deborah Jerome

Tensions over the first visit of the Dalai Lama to the Obama White House indicate China's mounting domestic concerns even as it exercises growing global clout, says Tibet expert Robert Barnett.

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Backgrounder

Religion in China

Author: Preeti Bhattacharji

The Chinese government has been growing more tolerant of religious activity, but some groups continue to face persecution in the atheist state.

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Backgrounder

The Question of Tibet

Author: Jayshree Bajoria

A primer on the dispute over Tibet’s sovereignty, which has risen to public attention following recent protests in Lhasa and demonstrations surrounding the 2008 Olympic Games.

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Op-Ed

Tibetan Monks May Hold Clue to Dollar's Future

Author: Amity Shlaes
Bloomberg

“These days, nobody seems to doubt that the U.S. dollar will lose its status as the world’s reserve currency. To watch the financial news channels you would think that the dollar-yuan relationship is so unstable that the only question is whether it will be Ben Bernanke or Chinese monetary authorities who will determine the details of the breakdown.  Perhaps the dollar won’t be surrender its anchor role so soon. And perhaps that loss, if it comes, will happen because of events that take place nowhere near men in suits at a central bank. Maybe the answer to the dollar’s riddle can be found in the cellphone photo image of a Tibetan monk in crimson and orange squaring off with a Chinese soldier.” Amity Shlaes looks at the role of China in the future of the US dollar.

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