Tibet is a mainly Bhudist Himalayan area of plateaus and mountains, known as the "roof of the world", it has been governed by China as an autonomous region for almost seven decades.
And Beijing claims a centuries-old sovereignty over the region.
But the allegiances of many Tibetans lie with the exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.
For China he's a separatist threat, a living God for his followers.
Huge crowds gathered at his temple in Northern India on Sunday to commemorate 60 years since the failed Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule.
Supporters of the 83-year-old Spiritual leader prayed at the Buddhist shrine in Dharamsala, where the Dalai Lama established a government-in-exile.
But how long can Tibetans pursue their struggle?
And what's Beijing doing to win the hearts and minds of Tibetans?
Einar Tangen - Political Analyst who advises the Chinese government on economic and development issues.
Andrew Fischer - Professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam who researches the impact of Chinese developmental policies in Tibet.
Tenzin Tsundue - Tibetan Activist, Writer and Poet.
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