How to define borders slows deal with China
HONG YA, China -- The plain-looking house with heavy wooden doors that overlooks this village is an unlikely shrine for Tibetan Buddhists.
"Come see, this is the place where the Dalai Lama was born," Gong Jiashi, the house's caretaker, said with a big smile as he pushed the doors open and gestured to a tiny room in the corner of a courtyard.
The house is where Tenzin Gyatso lived and played until 1939, when an entourage of monks came to tell his family that the 4-year-old was the 14th Dalai Lama. But the house isn't in what China calls the Tibet Autonomous Region; it lies in the central Chinese province of Qinghai.
That seeming contradiction is one of the main reasons the Dalai Lama and China cannot reach a deal on Tibet ::read more