The year 1989 brought another dramatic setback for Beijing when the Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Tibetans everywhere considered this a major victory—an indirect but powerful statement that their cause was just and valid, and a sign that the world was lining up behind the Dalai Lama in his fight with China. Finally, 1989 also brought the Tiananmen debacle. Although this event had no direct impact on the situation in Tibet because Tibetans had little interest in or sympathy for what they considered a “Han” affair, it fostered a more hard-line political policy in China that made it easier to take stern measures in Tibet.
I feel such order of the depicted events is inappropriate. Most believed the awarding Dalai Lama of Nobel Peace Prize of 1989 is clearly an indirect response to China Goverment’s crackdown of Tiananmen students.