Comments & Briefs

‘India gave new life to Tibetan migrants’

August 18, 2018

At the age of 63, Thubten Samphel feels migration from Tibet to India has given his community a new life, and a certain bond has been fostered with the countrymen over the years. Samphel was just eight when he came to India with his brother and sister-in-law.......Read More

Tibet Insight News

August 9, 2018

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang made his first publicly reported visit to Tibet on July 25 -27, 2018. During his tour Li Keqiang visited the capital Lhasa and the southern prefectures of Nyingtri and Lhokha, pledging to boost infrastructure investment to improve the economy and calling for ethnic unity between Tibetans and the country’s Han majority. He was accompanied throughout the tour by TAR Party Secretary Wu Yingjie and Choedak (Qi Zala), Chairman of TAR People’s Government. ......Read More

A Visit to the Dalai Lama’s Birthplace

August 8, 2018

On July 6, Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, celebrated his 83rd birthday in Ladakh, the Himalayan region in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. On the other side of the world’s highest mountain range sits Lhasa, the Tibetan capital that he fled in 1959 during the Tibetan Uprising. ......Read More

Assertion of China’s Sovereignty over the Internet

August 4, 2018

China had 772 million internet users by the end of December 2017, with penetration rate of 55.8%[i]. Thus, it became the largest online population in the world. As the records of internet service and users grew exponentially, the Chinese government has undertaken measures to limit the access of its netizens to contents that are deemed... Read more »......Read More

By Tenzin Dalha*

China issues white paper on Tibet environment

July 31, 2018

While development versus environment conservation has been a burning debate across the world, China’s development projects in Tibet, too, have been faulted for causing harm to nature. However, last week’s white paper published by China on Tibet’s ecological progress is being seen as an acceptance of the imposing environmental challenges that China faces in Tibet.......Read More

Chinese Forced Water Diversion Project in Amdo  

July 31, 2018

According to a report published on 20 July, 2018 by the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD), in Bayen Dzong of Tsoshar, Amdo, Chinese authorities are forcefully implementing a river diversion project of Chakchu (also known as Drampa) river. The predominantly farming communities in Traseng, Dro, Gonpo Gyu, Achok and Adhey villages that are dependent on the river are concerned that such project would cause water scarcity resulting in poor yield and no adequate water supply for their livestock and overall bring negative impacts on the local environment.......Read More

By Dechen Palmo*

Devastating Natural Disasters in Tibet continue into 2018

July 31, 2018

The impact of climate change on the Tibetan plateau is apparent with unusual scale of torrential rainfall reported across Tibet. The drastic climatic shift has resulted in high frequency of floods and landslides occurring simultaneously in various part of Tibet as we write.......Read More

By Zamlha Tempa Gyaltsen*

Tibet Insight News

July 30, 2018

The TAR Human Resources and Social Security Department reportedly issued 877,000 social security cards from June 2017 to April 2018. The card with an installed chip is a multipurpose feature created to manage social security by recording a person’s movements and for payment purposes, medical treatment and as electronic vouchers. The card identifies the holder’s name, citizenship number, personal photo, social insurance contributions, personal status etc. The card has been launched in mid-June to areas beyond TAR like Chengdu and Golmud where large Tibetan populations reside. ......Read More

Development and Tourism in Tibet: China’s Integration Policy

July 23, 2018

From the day of invasion of Tibet since 1949, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) tried to fully integrate and assimilate it into mainland China despite antagonism and adverse opposition from Tibetans and international community. The Chinese leadership implemented the policy of suppression to create unity out of fear which they failed to achieve. The process of integration has kept changing with different leaders bringing newer strategies.......Read More

China’s Dalai Lama Dilemma

July 23, 2018

In his pursuit of the Chinese dream and the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, President Xi Jinping has relentlessly tightened Party discipline and its grip on society. He has launched the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a project to vastly improve connectivity on land and at sea between Africa, Middle East and Europe through the construction of highways, airports, rail and ports to facilitate trade and commerce between continents.......Read More

By Thubten Samphel*

Yumemania continues

July 20, 2018

I often mentioned Yume (or Yumai or Yumed) the tiny hamlet, north of the McMahon Line (Upper Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh), on this blog. Since it was adopted by President Xi Jinping through a letter to two sisters living in Yume, yuans have been pouring. In fact, it is deluge. Roads have come up, electricity and water supply are no more a problem, new houses have been built, not only for the 32 ‘original’ inhabitants, but also for the tourists who will soon arrive in the border village.......Read More

Tibet Insight News

July 18, 2018

A recent blog by Claudi Arpi claimed the daughter of the late tenth Panchen Lama Rigzin Wangmo was in Tibet after her last visit on June 20, 2013 when she and her mother was welcomed warmly by a huge gathering of Tibetans. She visited two of the most important monasteries in Lhasa, Ramoche and Jokhang and also Tashilhunpo in Shigatse, the monastery of the Panchen Lamas. The blog speculated that the CCP may want to promote the tenth Panchen Lama who had been critical of China’s Tibet Policies. ......Read More