March 10, 1988 |
Chinese Foreign Minister Wu Xueqian on Wednesday made an extraordinary public denunciation of the Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of Tibet's Buddhists, calling him a political exile who "has far exceeded his capacity as a religious figure." Speaking at a press conference closing out his three-day visit to Washington, Wu made it clear that China is planning to adopt a tough stance toward Tibet after a new outbreak of violence by Tibetans against Chinese rule.
October 26, 2008 |
The Dalai Lama said he has given up on efforts to convince Beijing to allow greater autonomy for Tibet under Chinese rule. The Tibetan spiritual leader said he would now ask the Tibetan people to decide how to take the dialogue forward. China has repeatedly accused the Dalai Lama of leading a campaign to split Tibet from the rest of the country. But he says he is only seeking greater autonomy for the Himalayan region to protect its unique Buddhist culture. "There hasn't been any positive response from the Chinese side," he said in Dharmsala, the north Indian town that is home to Tibet's government-in-exile.
November 7, 2002 |
Braving snow and crowds, thousands of Mongolian Buddhists gathered to hear the Dalai Lama preach despite China's criticism of the visit. The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader spoke for more than two hours at a convention center in the capital, Ulan Bator, that was filled to its capacity of 5,000. Hundreds stood outside to listen over loudspeakers. The Dalai Lama arrived Monday on his first visit in nearly seven years to Mongolia, which shares religious and cultural ties with Tibet.
April 16, 2008 |
Indian police detained 27 Tibetan protesters and deployed 5,000 police officers ahead of Thursday's New Delhi leg of the Olympic torch relay, hoping to avoid chaotic protests by Tibet supporters, police said. Police held the Tibetans after they marched along the path the torch is scheduled to take, local police spokesman Rajan Bhagat said. Protesters lighted a torch and chanted "No Olympics in China!" and "Freedom for Tibet!" Bhagat said the detainees were not charged and probably would be freed soon.
October 27, 2003 |
Seizing an opportunity to promote its long-festering cause, a Tibetan rights group has issued a statement charging that the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art in Santa Ana is displaying stolen objects in its new exhibition, "Tibet: Treasures From the Roof of the World." The artworks and artifacts, made for Dalai Lamas and drawn from museums in Lhasa, were loaned by the Chinese government.
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 ...