The Tibetan national flag is 111 years old, while the CCP’s flag is only 82 years old. In 1937, when Japan colonised China, Tibet had been independent for nearly 24 years since declaring its independence in 1913 and was free from colonial rule.

The Tibetan flag, also known as the “snow lion flag” and the “Free Tibet flag,” was a flag of the military of Tibet, introduced by the 13th Dalai Lama in 1912 and used in the same capacity until 1959. Designed with the help of a Japanese priest, it reflects the design motif of the Japanese military’s Rising Sun flag.

During this period, Tibet maintained its autonomy, preserving its unique culture, religion, and language, free from external influences. The Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1950 marked the end of this period of independence. The subsequent integration of Tibet into the People’s Republic of China led to significant political and social changes.

Despite these changes, Tibetans have continued to strive to preserve their cultural heritage and identity, both within Tibet and in the diaspora communities around the world. The international community has witnessed ongoing debates and discussions about Tibet’s status and the rights of its people, highlighting the importance of cultural preservation and human rights. The resilience of the Tibet people serves as a powerful reminder of the significance of cultural identity and autonomy in the face of external pressures.


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