The journey is finally over.
It began with the arrival of the Dalai Lama in 1959, the first visit to the Himalayas by an individual of Tibetan ethnicity.
And it continued with a series of visits by the Dalai and his wife, Holi, to India, Tibet and Nepal, which took the couple to the far corners of the globe.
The Dalai Lama’s last visit to India took place in 1984, and he has never returned to the country since.
But the journey has not stopped there.
The couple have traveled to the United States, China and Europe, and have even visited Canada, France, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates.
But now, it seems, the journey will end with a last visit, which will be at the end of 2019.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR) in what is now Tibet.
It has been at the heart of a complex, ongoing conflict between China and the exiled government of India, which was ousted by the Communist Party of India (Marxist) in 1959.
The Tibetan plateau is a vast swath of rugged terrain covered with mountains and snow-capped peaks.
Tibet has been a peaceful, unified and autonomous country since its independence from China in 1950, but its borders with India, the central Asian republics of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan and the surrounding Indian Ocean region have become increasingly tense, with tensions ranging from border disputes to territorial disputes over the Himalayan region of Doklam.
In October 2017, India and China signed a ceasefire agreement, which meant that the TAR would be granted full autonomy in exchange for curbs on activities by either side.
However, that truce was never implemented.
It remained in effect for years, and was broken by the Chinese military in October 2018, when a number of Indian soldiers and a group of Tibetan fighters were killed in a bloody clash in Dokham area.
In February 2019, India declared its intention to return the region to Chinese rule, which would make it one of the most militarized regions of the world.
In April 2019, China began building a large road network through the Dokampal area, including through a major dam that was supposed to bring electricity to the region.
The border standoff escalated when Indian troops crossed the border and started firing at the Chinese.
In August, India began the deployment of more than 40,000 troops to the Doka La, an important area along the India-China border.
The war over Dokamal erupted again in November 2019 when Indian army chief Gen. Bipin Rawat launched a retaliatory air raid on a Chinese border outpost near Dokumal, killing several Chinese troops.
The Chinese responded by conducting a retaliated air raid, killing three Indian soldiers.
In December, China fired on another Chinese military outpost, killing two Indian soldiers in an exchange for an Indian soldier who was abducted.
In late March 2020, India retaliated by sending troops to Dokma, which it said was “in support of the Dokslam operation” in the Indian-controlled part of Doka Loka plateau, a territory claimed by both India and the T. The Indian troops entered the Indian part of the plateau to support Indian forces and to “safeguard the sanctity of the area and the integrity of the boundary.”
India claimed to have killed several Chinese soldiers.
The border standoff ended in late October 2020, with the Indian Army saying it had destroyed the Chinese-held territory and had destroyed their military posts.
The next day, India also launched air strikes on Chinese targets in the Himalaya, including an army camp in the northern region of Rajasthan, which Indian forces had also been occupying for months.
India has since conducted an air campaign in the Diaspora, targeting the T-shaped structures, which are believed to be dug up in the war, to protect them from aerial attacks.
The country also launched a campaign of drone attacks in support of India’s ground troops.TAR President Tsering Wangchen has said that India’s air campaign and military buildup on the plateau have led to “significant civilian casualties.”
In response to the tensions, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said on October 10 that India has been “deliberately trying to make its territory appear as a battlefield in order to create tension and create fear and panic.”
The Dalai Lama has called for an end to the border conflict and has called on India to immediately withdraw its troops.
India’s army said it had arrested six Chinese military personnel and seized the bodies of the six Chinese soldiers, and has ordered the bodies to be cremated, but Wangchen told a news conference on October 14 that there was “no evidence” of the Chinese soldiers being killed in the border skirmish.
China has also launched several air strikes in India’s backyard, killing and wounding dozens of Indian air force personnel.
The Dalai, who has lived in India since 1999, has made the