Is a Soviet Union-like break-up of China the best-case scenario for Tibetan independence?
It has happened before in Tibetan history. The collapse of the Manchu Dynasty allowed the 13th Dalai Lama to free Tibet. I’m not saying China is 100 per cent going to collapse, but China is facing immense pressures, and will face more crises in the future – with the economy, job losses and social unrest. Tibetans in particular have been completely alienated… These are not isolated uprisings. It’s taking on the characteristics of a revolution.