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Cecil's Answer for Week 29

Q: Which Greatest Place does the Dalai Lama rule?



Answer: 'The Dalai Lama is the spiritual and temporal ruler of Tibet.'

China ruled all of Tibet from the 18th Century until independence came in 1911. China reasserted control in 1951 and a Communist government was installed in 1953. Neither Britain, India not the United Nations supported Tibet after the Chinese invaded this nation in 1950/51. The Tibetans resisted throughout the 1950's. A violent revolt in 1959 was suppressed and the Dalai Lama, plus 100,000 Tibetans) fled to India. although Tibet was granted the status of autonomous region in 1965, resentment against the Chinese occupation continued to smolder. In the 1980's, various religious and economic rights were restored, and overtures made towards the Dalai Lama, but this period of goodwill was short-lived. An anti-Chinese demonstration was violently suppressed in 1987. Marial law was imposed in 1989 and although it was lifted in May 1990, the tension remains. The Fourteenth Dalai Lama's government in exile is headquartered in India.


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