Apr 09 2014
The Tibet Autonomous Region drew record numbers of tourists in the first quarter of this year, even as Tibetan officials are drawing up laws to preserve and strengthen their language and culture.
The international community, particularly the US, has long held a soft spot for Tibet, and there is little if any debate over the injustice of China’s occupation there. Tibet’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, commands an impressive following worldwide. The 78 year old has urged China to adopt what he calls the “Middle Way,” to preserve Tibetan atonomy without directly eradicating Chinese power.
But China has time and again, outright rejected that approach, seeing it as cover for independence. Eventually though, something must be done. My guest suggests that the “soft power” that Tibet wields over China in terms of capturing the world’s imagination and sympathy is not going away soon. If China will ever rebuild its reputation on Tibet it has to compromise. Joining us to explore the possibilities of such a compromise is
GUEST: Lezlee Brown Halper, research fellow at Corpus Christi College at Cambridge University in England and a South Asia expert with extensive experience in Tibet and China, and author with Stefan Halper of Tibet: An Unfinished Story