The Ethnic Tinderbox Inside China

The Dalai Lama's Mar. 22-27 visit to Taiwan is causing a big brouhaha in Beijing. Chinese officials, edgy after a string of fatal bombings in Xinjiang and Beijing, say the trip "undermines the unity of the Motherland" and claim that the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism is fomenting separatism. But the Dalai Lama, who preaches nonviolent opposition to China's repression, may be the least of Beijing's separatist worries.

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