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The Chinese flag flies at a plaza near the Potala Palace in Lhasa in western China's Tibet Autonomous Region, Tuesday, June 1, 2021, as seen during a government organized visit for foreign journalists. High-pressure tactics employed by China's ruling Communist Party appear to be finding success in separating Tibetans from their traditional Buddhist culture and the influence of the Dalai Lama. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

China offers glimpse of Tibetan life without the Dalai Lama

- Associated Press

A brisk wind ruffles yellow prayer flags as dozens of Tibetans, some on crutches, circle a shrine in a time-honored Buddhist ritual. Across the street, a red banner spells out a new belief system, one being enforced with increasing fervor, of China’s ruling Communist Party.

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