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China’s Protest Trouble

China’s late great helmsman Chairman Mao saw the exodus of Tibetans to India as an easy way of ridding his government of people opposed to Beijing’s occupation of Tibet. But that is coming back to haunt the current generation of Chinese leaders. In major world capitals, Tibetans can be seen protesting the visit of China’s president and premier. They’ve been joined by Uyghurs protesting China’s denial of rights to their people in Xinjiang. The protests don’t rock China’s control of Tibet or Xinjiang but in Chinese culture it is seen as a serious loss of face and may embolden domestic critics of President Xi Jinping.