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A Tibetan nun is freed in China

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Ngawang Sangdrol, imprisoned by Chinese police for 10 years, is now a free nun. She was taken into custody in 1992 for the crime of “counterrevolution” when she was just a teenage nun in Tibet. In theory, she has escaped another 9 years of jail time.

The timing of her early release is significant as Jiang is preparing to come to the US soon. The overseas visits by Chinese leaders are routinely encountered with vigorous protests by Tibetans and their supporters. As a result, Jiang, as many have anticipated, wishes to avoid being embarrassed, and attempts to silence the Tibetan protest during his US tour by this ‘goodwill’ gesture.

As expected, Tibetan leader, the Dalai Lama, has recently made a public appeal to his followers and supporters to not stage any protests during Jiang’s visit in the US. Yet, many longtime China watchers have expressed doubts about Beijing's sincerity to move closer to the Tibetan leader in exile.

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