While living in China, I learned about the lies printed in Chinese school books. Occasionally, I would ask my Chinese friends, "What about Tibet?" And they would respond, "Tibet has always been part of China." And these were highly educated Chinese, people I met at Fudan University in Shanghai. Most Chinese are unaware that Mao and the PLA stole Tibet in 1950, while the victors of WW2 stood by and did nothing except ineffectually complain. If the average Chinese is even aware that Tibetan independence is an issue, it is only because they heard it from foreigners, or read snippets that slipped through the firewall that Beijing uses to censor the internet.