Free Tibet T-shirt. Since its invasion in 1949, China has claimed "ownership" of Tibet. Its colonial relationship with Tibet has become the focus of increasing media attention and more people are becoming aware of the human rights abuses which continue to occur not only in Tibet, but in the whole of China. Prosperity has not brought freedom of expression to China; in fact, human rights conditions are worsening. So the struggle for a free Tibet goes hand in hand with the struggle for freedom in China. Like yin and yang (the symbol of which forms part of the Tibetan flag), a free Tibet and a free China complement each other.