Tibet Today { 39 images } Created 13 Sep 2007

The development history of Tibet in the past five decades since its peaceful liberation has been one of proceeding from darkness to brightness, from backwardness to progress, from poverty to prosperity and from isolation to openness, and of the region marching toward modernization as a part of the big family of China.

Chinese Government white papers Beijing 2001

In the first ten years we lost our land[Chinese troops took control of Tibet]; in the second ten years, we lost political power[ The traditional government was replaced by a Han-Chinese communist government]; in the third ten years, we lost our culture [The cultural revolution]; in the fourth ten years, we lost our economy [ The open door policy allowed non-Tibetans to dominate the economy].

A black joke, told among minority officials in Tibet.
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