Students from a Lhasa primary school identify the different regions of China on a national map. Image credit: Xinhua / SCMP.
Local authorities in Tibet have launched a campaign to improve public awareness of “national territory and education”, according to state media (CN).
A celebratory event was held to kick off the campaign at a school in Lhasa, photos of the event published by Xinhua showed school children saluting the Chinese flag and learning “proper usage” of a map which showed Tibet, Hong Kong and Taiwan as inviolable parts of China, something which many Tibetans, Tawainese and Hong Kongers would take umbrage with.
Attempts by Hong Kong to introduce ‘national education‘ (read: pro-China) classes in the territory were met by widespread protests which eventually forced the local government to drop the planned classes. It’s hard to imagine Chinese authorities in Tibet backing down so easily.