The Tibetan national flag, now 111 years old, predates the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) flag, which is only 82 years old. By 1937, when Japan colonized China, Tibet had already enjoyed nearly 24 years of independence, having declared its sovereignty in 1913. During this period, Tibet remained free from colonial rule, maintaining its unique culture, religion, and language without external interference. However, the Chinese invasion in 1950 ended this era of independence, leading to significant political and social transformations as Tibet was integrated into the People’s Republic of China.

Despite these changes, Tibetans have persistently worked to preserve their cultural heritage and identity, both within Tibet and in diaspora communities worldwide. The international community continues to engage in debates and discussions about Tibet’s status and the rights of its people, emphasizing the crucial importance of cultural preservation and human rights. The unwavering resilience of the Tibetan people highlights the enduring significance of cultural identity and autonomy in the face of external pressures.

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