Tibetan spiritual leader in exile, the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, has called upon the Chinese government to throw open Tibet to “independent, impartial observers” immediately.
Only that, he said, would settle the trading of opinions that occurs when the Tibetan Government in Exile and the People's Republic of China (PRC) sit down for dialogue.
Image: The Dalai Lama gestures during a news conference in New Delhi on March 31. China has kept Tibetan areas under lockdown this month, which is not only the anniversary of last year's riots but also marks 50 years since the failed uprising against Chinese rule and the Dalai Lama's flight into exile in India.
Photograph: B Mathur/Reuters
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