China May be Easing Up on Tibet

In an abrupt and unexpected reversal of policy, Chinese government officials have told monks in some Tibetan areas that they are now free to "worship" the Dalai Lama as a "religious leader." The new policy document - prefixed with the word "experiment" - also asked that the monks now refrain from "criticizing the Dalai Lama," and "stop using such labels as a wolf in a monk's robe," a common pejorative hurled against the Tibetan spiritual leader by Beijing.

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