China Fire in a Snowy Land

Tibet erupts in pro-independence rioting, and its exiled ruler urges more protest

"A spark has been set off. It is like a symptom of a disease. What has happened is due to the disaffection and suffering in Tibet. These things happened, and so the Chinese found a person to blame. They needed a scapegoat."

For more than a fortnight, his homeland had been torn by violent protest against its Chinese occupiers. Now, from his place of exile in Dharmsala, the Himalayan hill town in northern India where he has lived for most of the past 28 years, the Dalai Lama spoke. The spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism sought to explain the rioting that...

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