Thursday, September 3, 2009

Tibet Stirs Old Passion in Taiwan

While the Dalai Lama's visit to Taiwan this week thrust the opposition leaders who invited him into a maelstrom of political controversy, a century-old government agency devoted to the affairs of his people made a quieter statement.

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The Republic of China -- now commonly known as Taiwan -- ruled much of mainland China and Mongolia for nearly 40 years. The republic claimed territory including Tibet and all of Mongolia. To stake its claim, the republic, under the Nationalist Party, set up the commission nearly a century ago in a constitution that is still in force.

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