Tibetans are resorting to self-immolation to protest Chinese rule. The BBC reports that six did so over two days in November 2012. More than 60 Tibetans have set themselves on fire since early 2011.
On Thursday, Tibetan nomad Jinpa Gyatso, 18, set himself on fire in the square outside a monastery in the western town of Rebkong, Tibetan activists in exile say. He was reportedly heard shouting for the return of the Dalai Lama to Tibet before he died.
China’s rule in Tibet cannot be colonialism, of course, because … er … um … because only the Europeans and Americans are evil imperialists!
There is in principle an effective alternative: the Dalai Lama has proposed autonomy without independence. That is exactly the kind of compromise China should accept. Much depends on whether China thinks India would gain strategic advantage in Tibet.