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Changing China / Tibet #553231

NBC Evening News for Friday, Oct 02, 1987
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Reports of violence between Chinese authorities and Buddhist monks demonstrating over issue of Tibetan independence detailed. Dalai Lama's recent United States visit mentioned. China's effort to deal with contd. Tibetan opposition to their rule examined; conflict's history reviewed. Scenes shown. Tibet's economy &strategic importance to China considered. Du Baolin and wife Su Nihua cited as exs. of Chinese immigrants. [SU Ni Wha - (thru translator) explains their role in Tibet.] Buddhism's importance to Tibet explained; Red Guards' effort to eradicate Buddhism in 1960's described. Govt.'s effort to control Buddhism outlined. [PONCHIN Lama - discusses his differences with Dalai Lama.] Ponchin Lama's role in Buddhism described. Dalai Lama's continued importance in Tibet reviewed. [DALAI Lama - dismisses China's attempt to pacify his followers.] Suanan Nobu cited as example of China's economy reforms in Tibet; details given. [SUAN -sees no conflict in being both Buddhist and member of communist party] Peasant's (named) opposite situation described. [PEASANT - (thru translator) cites his inability to speak freely.] United States recognition of China's claim to Tibet mentioned; government said threatening to halt bdcsts. from here this week if preceding interview with Dalai Lama was include in tonight's report Upcoming item announced.

Brokaw, Tom

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