• It's not.
  • It's not something I think about everyday if that is what you are asking... But, I honestly don't think it gets enough coverage nowadays!!
  • It has made the news today, though:
  • i don't think it should be the only one of focus, but it's highly important to me. i'd like to stop a lot of things these days, i just need to learn how to pick my battles
  • Important enough that I think the U.S. should boycott the Olympics. We won't though.
  • China is oppressing the U.S. economy, not just Tibet.
  • It's very important, in that it's a microcosm of the universal fight for human rights and against totalitarianism disguising itself as preserving the (articifial) integrity of a nation-state.
  • As important as all oppression is. But also because I have my eyes on Tibet :I have a friend working there.
  • Coupled with the fact that I, as a U.S. citizen, have some measure of control over a government that's directly aiding and abetting it, the oppression of Tibet, along with all the other crimes being committed by the Chinese government, is pretty high on my list of political priorities.
  • Is this a trick question? I don't particularly find it important that China oppresses Tibet, in fact I kinda wish they wouldn't ;)
  • I've always liked Tibetian Culture. I like Chinese culture too but not so much that I want the Tibetian culture to be slowly stamped out of existence. I don't think of the issue everyday but I'd like to see Tibet freed in my lifetime and travel to Lhasa when its not under Chinese rule.
  • It's very important. China IMHO has never changed and will never change. They have always oppressed their people. Tibet is just another draconian oppressive measure stopping people trying to stand for what is right. In this case it's independence from China. Don't be fooled by their superficial acceptance of capitalism. They still hate it and always will. It's the scourge of the west to them. But they are now using it against us, by subtly taking over the worlds economy. Things will just get worse for the economy of the world and the oppressed people of China.
  • Fairly. It shows how they treat the little guy next door, which will (sooner or later) be us (the US).
  • This isn't going to be politically correct. On a day to day basis, not important at all. It would be nice if China let them be but it's not my problem - not on my level. Are we going to rush into battle every time someone isn't nice to someone else? Somehow we always end up the bad guy. Let them deal with thier own issues. Lord knows we have enough of our own. I could jump on the bandwagon with "China is bad" or "boycott China" but it's not my problem. I don't think I'm inconsiderate but we simple don't have the resources to make every problem on earth our own. This may seem harsh to some. Feel free to DR me. Have a happy day.
  • Can anyone suggest a good reason why Chinese troops should be carrying folded monks' habits on the streets of Lhasa?
  • Very important since I learned about what the Chinese government has been doing to TIbet since 1959. I attended a Tibet festival last autumn and I learned more about their culture and met some TIbetans who opened my eyes to more of what is really happening there. It makes me very angry what the Chinese government has done. The idea that they claim the Dalai Lama is a terrorist is absurd.
  • Very important. Tibet is very important because it helps people keep and eye on China. The systematic ethnic "replacement" happening there is telling of China's "democracy". Not to mention Tibet is only a part of China's actions against human rights: think Darfur. Think Burma. Think abuse of Christian denominations (ever thought why it is estimated that there are three times more "underground" Christians than declared ones?). Tibet is a symbol of China's abuse. We should all be concerned about China because this is a major state with increasing influence over the world, and its government is not exactly crazy about human rights. It will support non-democratic governments, abuse its own citizens and hide behind the mask of "reforms" to claim that "it is changing". Yeah, that makes me feel better. Not sure there will be any Tibetans left in Tibet by the time this "change" towards democracy is over.

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