Comments & Briefs

When the Empires Fall Apart: Managing Diversity in Two Asian Giants — An essay

November 16, 2017

The birth of two Asian giants -- India and China -- is separated by two years. At the stroke of midnight on 15 August 1947, administration ruling one-fifth of humanity is passed on from the Colonial British to Independent India. The first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru gave his indelible "Tryst with Destiny" speech before the Constituent Assembly in a confident Lutyen enclave of Delhi.......Read More

By Tenzin Desal*

What You Quan’s appointment as the head of the UFWD tells us?

November 15, 2017

You Quan, a former party chief of Fujian province was recently appointed the head of the United Front Work Department supplanting Sun Chunlan. The UFWD is an agency under the command of the Central Committee of the CCP which looks after the non-Communist Party entities and oversees ethnic and religious issues.......Read More

By Tenzin Tseten*

Brahmaputra River: An Eternal Conflict between India and China

November 2, 2017

China having more than 20% of the world’s population has less than 7% of global freshwater resource at its disposal. Moreover, the available water is unequally distributed, with Tibet having more water than northern China. To relieve the enormous pressure on water resource in China’s north, the leadership in 2003 launched a gigantic South-to-North Water Transfer Project.......Read More

By Dechen Palmo*

President Trump: Support Religious Freedom in China

November 2, 2017

As U.S. President Donald Trump prepares to travel to China in early November he should include in his daily tweets the hashtags of #FreeReligiousPrisoners and #ReligiousFreedom. Out of nearly 1.4 billion citizens of China, untold numbers are victims of the Chinese government’s relentless drive for control over religious beliefs, activities, and advocacy.......Read More

Tibet, the 19th Party Congress and China’s United Front work

November 2, 2017

What does a powerful Xi Jinping as General Secretary of the Communist Party of China mean for the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) various minority nationalities, especially the Tibetans? The nature and extent of authority accorded to the United Front Works Department (UFWD) that handles nationality, religious and overseas Chinese affairs, during Xi’s second term is an important starting point for analysis.......Read More

Analyzing Chinese Official Zhang Yijiong’s Remarks on Dalai Lama and Tibet

November 2, 2017

On the matter of protection of Tibetan Buddhism, Zhang has the audacity to claim that “Tibetan Buddhism originated in ancient China; it is a special form of religion that originated within China.” He goes on to add that although it is true that it has been “influenced by other religions and other cultures” (read India), “but it is not acquired religion. It is originated [sic] within China; it has its roots in China. So it is an example of being Chinese. It has Chinese orientation.”......Read More

Hardliners will dominate China’s Tibet policy

November 2, 2017

Xinhua reported on October 21 that at a press conference on the sidelines of the congress, Zhang Yijiong -- vice minister of the Communist party central committee's United Front Work Department and its executive deputy head who was promoted at the congress as a full central committee member, reaffirmed China's opposition to the Dalai Lama's visits to foreign countries.......Read More

Inside China’s secret ‘magic weapon’ for worldwide influence

November 1, 2017

On the Google map of Beijing there is an empty quarter, an urban block next to the Communist party’s leadership compound in which few of the buildings are named. At street level, the aura of anonymity is confirmed. Uniformed guards stand by grand entrances checking official cars as they come and go. But there are no identifying signs; the sole information divulged is on brass plaques that bear the street name and building numbers.......Read More

UN Climate Change Summits: With or Without Tibet

October 27, 2017

The 23rd Conference of Parties (COP23) or the UN Climate Summits will be organized by the government of Fiji. But due to logistic issues to accommodate tens of thousands of delegates from 197 member states, the conference will be held in Bonn, Germany from 6-17 November 2017. This mega event is the world's biggest climate conference attended by heads of states, government delegates, climate scientists, environment researchers and activists from from across the globe.......Read More

By Zamlha Tempa Gyaltsen*

China’s 19th Party Congress and Tibetans

October 20, 2017

While we await expectantly for the new lineup of the Chinese leadership after the 19th Party Congress that might happen on October 24, 2017, it might be worth our while to talk about some other issues related to the meeting; the Tibetan delegates, for instance.......Read More

Conquest Dynasties of China or Foreign Empires? The Problem of Relations between China, Yuan and Qing

October 18, 2017

The problem of statehood with regard to relations between China, Yuan and Qing states and dynasties is analyzed in comparative historical context. It is hard to accept the concept of one China (single or divided), during many centuries ruled by different dynasties and never incorporated in other states. Self-names of states and declarations of their succession, as such, do not create historical succession.......Read More

Why China blinked in Doklam standoff

October 18, 2017

What really compelled China to de-escalate in Doklam? First, let us examine the reasons that have been cited in the public domain since the pull-back some weeks ago. After weeks of raising the decibel level the government in Beijing realised that building the road up to the Jampheri Ridge was considered an existential threat by India due to its proximity to the Siliguri corridor and hence India was unlikely to budge; the coming 19th CPC meeting in November 2017 later on in the year and the BRICS meeting at Xiamen.......Read More

China carrying out cultural genocide of Tibet: Report

October 18, 2017

China is carrying out systematic annihilation of the cultural heritage of Tibet with the destruction of Tibetan Buddhism and religious traditions, education system, social breakdowns, lawlessness, communal disharmony, uncontrolled greed and a high growth in sex trade and alcoholism, according to a report.......Read More

Tibetan Narrative on Tawang – A Historical Approach

October 12, 2017

Tawang is one of the most important districts of the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. It also has a geostrategic significance to India. China claims it as south Tibet. Hence, this dispute of territorial demarcation has sparked off geopolitical ramifications for India and China. In India, the Monpas explicitly state that they share border with Tibet, not China (, 22 April 2017).......Read More

By Tsewang Dorji*