China puts Tibetan language advocate Tashi Wangchuk on trial for subversion
Wangchuk complained of a “systematic slaughter of our culture”.
“In politics, it’s said that if one nation wants to eliminate another nation, first they need to eliminate their spoken and written language,” he said.
In the Times’ stories Wangchuk notably says he wants to use Chinese law to build his case, and praised President Xi Jinping.
Beijing says it “peacefully liberated” Tibet in 1951 and insists it has brought development to a previously backward region.
But many Tibetans accuse the Chinese government of exploiting the region’s natural resources and encouraging an influx of China’s majority Han ethnic group that critics say is diluting the native culture and Buddhist faith.