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Regarding the story “Activist calls on Japan to highlight the persecution of China’s Uighurs” in the June 29 edition, countless ancient adages warn about the ceaseless hunger of dragons. Despite having overwhelming power and strength, the dragon always craves more. They can live in seas and palaces of gold, but their hunger never ends. While imagery of the dragon is regulated to the realms of myth and legend, there is a nation today that embodies the dragon’s hunger and desire for power. And these traits should cause many in the international community to take pause and stand up in defiance against its will.

The mountainous nation of Tibet was ruthlessly and sadistically invaded by the forces of the People’s Republic of China in 1951. Thousands of Tibetan civilians were massacred, and thousands of ancient monasteries were reduced to ashes. Once fully entrenched in the land, the Chinese government undertook a monstrous purge that sought to eliminate Tibetan culture. And they have been quite successful in this endeavor. The Dalai Lama, the head of the Tibetan community, remains in exile. Basic civil rights are denied to the Tibetan people. And most insidious of all, the government in Beijing has flooded the area with ethnic Han migrants in an attempt to make Tibet ethnically Chinese. And while the plight of the Tibetan people is well-known, the world has hardly lifted a finger to help them. And as a result of this, the nation of Tibet continues to suffer.

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