The article by Lobsang Sangay, the so-called political leader of the “Central Tibetan Administration in exile” (A plea to Britain: don’t forget Tibet in your dealings with China, 31 October), distorts the history of the Tibet Autonomous Region and ignores its remarkable progress under China’s policy on Tibet.
Tibet has been part of China since ancient times. The Chinese central authorities have all along exerted indisputable and effective administration over Tibet since the beginning of the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). Tibet has never been an independent nation. No country in the world has ever acknowledged “Tibetan independence”. The 14th Dalai Lama, following his defection in 1959 out of opposition to the reform measure aimed to abolish serfdom that enslaved the local population, has no authority whatsoever to represent the people of Tibet, nor has he the right to decide the future and destiny of Tibet.