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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