Tensions are high across the Tibetan plateau, an area that spans a quarter of China. At least 21 monks and nuns have set themselves on fire in protest of China's rule over the last year. GlobalPost takes you to ethnically Tibetan parts of China, where the mood may be quiet but each self-immolation reverberates.
SHANGRI-LA, China — China’s experiment with manufacturing its very own Shangri-La began in 2001, when the logging town of Zhongdian — a remote, predominately Tibetan village standing on an 11,000-foot plateau in China’s southwestern Yunnan province — decided to change its name.
HONG KONG – Spain’s relations with China are about to suffer a world of hurt. On Tuesday, a Spanish court issued an arrest warrant for China’s former president Jiang Zemin, 87, on claims of genocide against the Tibetan people. They have not been formally charged. The ruling, released by Madrid’s National Court, or Audencia Nacional, said the Chinese leaders bear “political and criminal responsibility” for actions in Tibet.
HONG KONG — If there’s one lingering sore point between Hollywood and China, it’s Tibet. For years, celebrity activists have annoyed Beijing by organizing charity concerts for Tibetan independence, shouting “Free Tibet” at awards ceremonies, and palling around with the Dalai Lama. You would think the idea of a major studio collaborating with the Chinese government on a Tibet movie would not only be radioactive, but also absurd. But such is the dependence of Hollywood on China now that the absurd has become real.