October 15, 2021

China offers glimpse of Tibetan life without the Dalai Lama

China offers glimpse of Tibetan life without the Dalai Lama

China offers glimpse of Tibetan life without the Dalai Lama

By Sam McNeil
16 June 2021

LHASA, China — A brisk wind ruffles yellow prayer flags as dozens of Tibetans, some on crutches, circle a shrine in a time-honored Buddhist ritual. Across the street, a red banner spells out a new belief system, one being enforced with increasing fervor, of China’s ruling Communist Party.

“Xi Jinping’s new socialist ideology with Chinese characteristics is the guide for the whole party and all nationalities to fight for the great rejuvenation of China,” the sign proclaims in Tibetan and Chinese script, referring to China’s leader, who has sought to put his imprint on virtually every aspect of life across the vast county.

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