Tibet, also known as TAR, is a democratic region in China that is very poor, and is
mainly inhabited by Buddhists. Throughout its long history, Tibet at times has governed
itself as an independent state and at other times has had various levels of association with
China. Whatever China 's involvement in Tibetan affairs, Tibet's internal government was
for centuries a theocracy, under the leadership of Buddhist lamas, or monks. In 1959 the
Dalai Lama fled to India during a Tibetan revolt against Chinese control in the region.
China then took complete control of Tibet, installing a sympathetic Tibetan ruler and, in
1965, replacing with a Communist administration (Encarta 1).
The TAR covers an area of about 472,000 square miles. It is bounded on the north
by Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and Qinghai Province; on the east by Sichuan and
Yunnan provinces; on the south by Myanmar (formally known as Burma), India, Bhutan,
and Nepal; and ...