It became the focus of protests against the Beijing Olympics back in the spring and summer of 2008.
Brainwashed Free Tibet people think that Tibet should be completely independent and they will even go as far as to justify the murders of the Chinese in Tibet.
Brainwashed CCP-supporters think that Tibet was ALWAYS part of China, when in reality, it was a part of the Yuan and Ming Dynasties as a tributary, it wasn't until the Qing Dynasty was when Tibet was full part of China. Also, the thing to think about it is that the Qing Dyanasty and the Republic of China were not as repressive or destructive towards Tibetan and Buddhist culture as the PRC communists were in the 1950s and 60s.
Despite political repressions and strictly regulated practice of religion and religious rights, the typical Tibetan is still living a better life from a socioeconomic standpoint compared to pre-1959 times.
The rational person would believe that Tibetans were both negatively and positively influenced by PRC consolidation.
Negatives- Much Tibetan culture was lost and destroyed by the Chinese communists, crackdowns on protests can be quite brutal, spiritual leaders cannot be freely chosen without consent from Beijing.
Positives- Vastly improved infrastructure, part of the diverse and power modern Chinese economy, lower class Tibetans have more freedoms.
Both the Free Tibet and Pro-CCP people fail to understand the importance of a good compromise, such as maybe Hong Kong/Macau-style autonomy for Tibet, the ability for the Tibetan Buddhist clergy to pick their own leaders.
Even the Dalai Lama Gyastso himself disagrees with complete independence.
educated person: Do you know where Tibet is? Tibet used to be a slavery nation till China entered and liberated it. Why don't you go protest against Iraq and get your troops home?
western protestor: ....
The truth is that Tibet was a oppresive theocracy run by corrupt old men who neglected, enslaved, and impoverished their subjects. The Chinese communists came in, destroyed the Iron-Fist Theocracy, educated, funded, built schools, hospitals etc for and basically welcomed a formerly oppressed province to the rest of China.
Intellectual: Tool, Tibet IS freed.
Genocide and human rights
Since 1950, an estimated 1.2 million Tibetans have been killed by the Chinese.
China has ratified a number of UN conventions, including those related to
torture and racial discrimination, and yet has repeatedly violated these in
China and Tibet.
Chinese has replaced Tibetan as the official language. Young Tibetans are being
re-educated about their cultural past, with references to an independent Tibet
Lack of religious freedom
The 1982 Constitution of the People's Republic of China guarantees freedom of
religious belief, but China seeks to restrict the numbers of monks and nuns
entering monasteries and to discredit the religious authority of Dalai Lama.
The child recognised as the reincarnation of the Panchen Lama was rejected and
the Chinese installed their own candidate.
China's predominant interest in Tibet is no longer ideological, but is based
on resource extraction and land for Chinese colonists.
Mining and mineral extraction is the largest economic activity in both U'Tsang
and Amdo and at least one-half of Tibet's natural forest has gone since Chinese
Long-term Chinese settlement in Tibet has been deliberately encouraged, with the
result that Tibetans are in the minority in many areas.
Independent research puts the number of Chinese in the TAR at 5 - 5.5 million
versus 4.5 million Tibetans; in Kham and Amdo, Chinese outnumber Tibetans many
Chinese traders are favoured by lower tax assessments and the dominant position
of Chinese in government administration.