May 22, 1986 |
The Dalai Lama, the 50-year-old exiled spiritual leader of Tibet who lives in India, left for France on Wednesday for a private visit, officials in Paris said. He will arrive in the Mediterranean port of Marseilles and spend five days in the town of Digne.
July 10, 2008 |
French President Nicolas Sarkozy will attend the Beijing Olympics' opening ceremony, his office said, ending his threat to boycott the event in an apparent attempt to soothe Chinese irritation over French support of Tibet. Sarkozy was the first world leader to raise the possibility of skipping the festivities to protest China's violent crackdown in Tibet after riots and protests there in March. A snub would have been a slap in the face to China's communist leadership, eager to use the Games to show off the country's clout.
April 30, 2008 |
Thousands cheered the Olympic torch in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, the last stop on the international leg of the flame's relay. The torch now will be taken to the Chinese territories of Hong Kong and Macao and then the mainland, including restive Tibet and the summit of Mt. Everest, and finally to the Games themselves in Beijing in August. Vietnam had assured its communist ally and giant northern neighbor that it would not allow demonstrators to disrupt the event, but several demonstrators were detained earlier in Hanoi, the capital.
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September 13, 2003 |
The Dalai Lama said he sensed "genuine interest and sympathy" at meetings this week with President Bush and Secretary of State Colin Powell as he continues his campaign to create an autonomous Tibet. The Tibetan Buddhist leader's multi-city tour has been criticized as meddling by the People's Republic of China, which has long occupied his native land. "My main concern is the preservation of Tibetan culture ...
September 5, 2004
Re: "Heights of the Himalayas" (Aug. 15): I read with great interest your article about the opening of the Rubin Museum of Art in New York. However, it states that "one thing the museum will not do is focus on the politics of Tibet and its subjugation by China." I know I am not alone when I say I find this disturbing. For the Rubins to profit so much from Himalayan art and not give back to the region by way of political advocacy is unbecoming, irresponsible and cowardly. There needs to be a sustained public consciousness and pressure about the ongoing occupation of Tibet if the situation is ever to be resolved.
March 30, 1986
Come on! Why waste the time of your faithful travel readers with an inane article like Mel Belli's? Who cares which Savile Row tailors he uses? Who cares which celebrity introduced him to Maxim's owners? Who cares what a cute trick he played on the Mali of Swat? And what did any of the above have to do with Tibet? SUE REICHART Bellflower
December 4, 2007 |
Protesters in Chinese-controlled Tibet were arrested during a riot that erupted after two Buddhist monks were taken into police custody, according to the government's news agency. The monks were arrested after a dispute with a shopkeeper, and the subsequent unrest triggered a crackdown, according to the New China News Agency. The incident occurred in mid-November but was only recently reported in China.
March 14, 1988 |
A Tibetan man, perhaps emboldened by the liquor he had obviously been drinking, spotted a Westerner in the square in front of Lhasa's Jokhang Temple and sat down on a curbstone next to him. "Dalai Lama!" he exclaimed, making a thumbs-up sign of praise for Tibet's exiled theocratic ruler. "Tibet belongs to the Dalai Lama, not to China," he went on, keeping his voice low to avoid being overheard by plainclothes policemen swarming amid the worshipers in the area. "But we cannot stand up.
August 15, 2004 |
The Dalai Lama may return to his homeland only if he renounces aspirations for Tibetan independence, and any talks may be held only with his personal representative, a senior Chinese official said. The tough words from Xiao Bai, deputy mayor of the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, signaled that tentative, behind-the-scenes contacts between envoys of Tibet's exiled god-king and China might have broken down.