Communist Party Meeting In Tibet Underscores China's Assimilation Drive

Communist Party Meeting In Tibet Underscores China's Assimilation Drive

Declarations made at the Lhasa meeting affirm Beijing's plan to absorb Tibet into China fully, experts say.

Andrew H. Sweet
Andrew H. Sweet

Tibetan experts outside China said declarations made in the Lhasa [earlier in July] meeting had reaffirmed China's push to fully absorb Tibet into China by weakening and finally destroying Tibet's unique culture, language, and national identity.

China's development drives in Tibet have pulled the region closer to economic and cultural integration with Beijing but have failed Tibetans themselves, creating a "dual economy" that has seen rural Tibetans moved from traditional grazing lands and into urban areas where Han Chinese hold the best jobs.

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