'Xi Jinping Is My Spiritual Leader': China's Education Drive In Tibet

'Xi Jinping Is My Spiritual Leader': China's Education Drive In Tibet

China is broadening its political education campaign as it celebrates the 70th anniversary of its control over Tibet.

Andrew H. Sweet
Andrew H. Sweet
  • Chinese officials say the campaign is key to the future of Tibet, a region that makes up over 12% of China's landmass but is home to just 3.5 million people, mostly ethnic Tibetans.
  • Civilians and religious figures who the government arranged to be interviewed on the five-day trip pledged loyalty to the Communist Party and Xi.
  • Asked who his spiritual leader was, a monk at Lhasa's historic Jokhang temple named Xi.
  • "I'm not drunk ... I speak freely to you," said the monk named Lhakpa, speaking from a courtyard overlooked by security cameras and government observers.
  • Beijing says it "peacefully liberated" Tibet in 1951, after Chinese troops entered the then-country and took over its administration.

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