The nephew of the Dalai Lama and a parliamentarian in the Tibetan government-in-exile on Monday condemned China's crackdown on riots in Tibet as Beijing's third invasion of the region.
"The first invasion was China's military occupation of Tibet from 1950 to 1959," Khedroob Thondup, said in an interview in Taipei.
"The second invasion was the launch of the Beijing-Lhasa railway last Year, and this is the third invasion."
Thondup, 65, who is married to a Taiwanese, said the recent violence in Tibet reflected Tibetans' pent-up anger at Chinese rule and showed Bejing's policy on Tibet has been a failure.
He said China is afraid of allowing the Dalai Lama to return to his homeland because Tibetans love him.
"But there is only one person who can solve the violence in Tibet, and that is the Dalai Lama," he said.