Associated Press, 11 March 2019 Read original news here
China is defending its often-criticised rule in Tibet 60 years after the Dalai Lama fled into exile amid an abortive uprising against Chinese control, saying those who question its policies are merely showing anti-Chinese bias.
On Sunday, an editorial in the Communist Party-run Tibet Daily attacked the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s traditional Buddhist leader, for what it said were his efforts to “sow chaos in Tibet”.
The Dalai Lama has been living in the northern Indian town of Dharamsala since he fled from Tibet after a failed 1959 uprising against Chinese rule. Beijing accuses him of seeking to separate Tibet from China, which he denies.
In India’s capital, New Delhi, at least 3,000 Tibetans marched about 3 kilometres (2 miles) through the centre of the city on Sunday carrying Tibetan and Indian flags.
Invoking India’s concerns over China’s expansive power in Asia and beyond, the marchers shouted slogans including “Tibet’s freedom is India’s security” and “India-China friendship is a sham”.
They also carried a portrait of the Dalai Lama while occasionally chanting slogans wishing him a long life and calling for freedom for Tibet.
Hundreds of Tibetans and Taiwanese rallied in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, the self-governing island democracy that China also claims as its territory.
Tashi Tsering, chair of the Human Rights Network for Tibet and Taiwan, recalled what he called China’s history of reneging on agreements to Tibetans and others.
“We should not trust the Communist Party of China whatever it says,” he said.
China says Tibet has been part of its territory for centuries, although many Tibetans say they were essentially independent for most of that time. Communist troops took control of the region in 1950 after a brief military struggle.