These days you can't seem to get away from the media bombarding you with "news" about how Tibetains are being "brutally slaughtered" by the "bad and meany" Chinese government. I find it particularly difficult to find an objective coverage of the issue since both sides seem pre-occupied with forcing their perspective down your throat.
From the Western Europe point of view, it is so fashionable these days to support the "Tibetain cause" against the omno-oppressor, the Communist China. Almost every one that I know seems to give their full support to the Dalai Lama and the Tibetains who disagree with People's Republic of China (PRC)'s rule over Tibet.
I'm however sceptical about the whole issue. We don't seem to know how many Tibetains actually living in Tibet are in favour or against the PRC governance since referendum will never happen in PRC. The most audible voice we here in the west are voices of disident Tibetains who are naturally against the PRC, so the perspective commonly heard in the West is a bias one.
The Chinese claim that they are "helping" the Tibetains to a "better life". Some Tibetains claim that this "progress" is causing the death of their traditional way of life and culture. What is a "better life"? From history, traditional practices usually and slowly fade away from the society's thirst for "progress", so it seems that it is either one or the other. The subtle buffer zone between these two is difficult to achieve, especially for a developing nation.
What we need is better press coverage from both sides. Less propaganda. The "freer" Western press should really convince us with better evidence with proper references, while I think that it is imperative that freedom of press be instilled in PRC.
The West seems so adamant about critising China and its policy, applying their moral standard that took them centuries to formulate themselves. One example being the constant critism by the West on how "horrible" it is that Indian and Chinese children are "forced" to work in factories, and thus painting the employers are horrible manipulators. If we in the west look back a few centuries ago, Victorian children help many factories function.
My point is, sometimes it is possible to "strongly encourage" developing nations to adopt our "higher moral standards". Sometimes it is not. Should we practice a blanket-wide policy of imposing our moral standards to every aspect of developing nation's practices? What a mess this world is heading towards...