Comments & Briefs

What Sun’s ouster tells of Xi’s grand plan?

July 24, 2017

Five years after Bo Xilai, once the high-flying and charismatic party chief of Chongqing municipality was expelled from the communist Party and eventually sentenced to life imprisonment, his successor Sun Zhengai is currently under the investigation.......Read More

By Tenzin Tseten*

The United Front Work Department: “Magic Weapon” at Home and Abroad

July 10, 2017

Earlier this year, the Sydney Morning Herald and ABC Four Corners released in-depth investigative reports on the influence of Chinese Communist Party agents in Australian politics (ABC, June 4; Power and Influence; Sydney Morning Herald, March 3). These reports are based on a longstanding investigation by the Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO), Australia’s counterintelligence agency, into Chinese Communist Party (CCP) efforts to exert influence in Australian politics. ......Read More

66 Years and counting – Tibet and China

July 10, 2017

It is 66 years and counting since the People’s Liberation Army moved into Tibet, and 58 years since the initial surrender pact with the Tibetans collapsed, leading the Dalai Lama to flee to India with 80,000 or more other Tibetans. Those exiles or their descendants are still abroad, and the prospects of any resolution seem as remote as at any time in the last 30 years. Meanwhile, access to Tibet for outsiders remains more restricted than anywhere else in China, most Tibetans are unable to obtain passports and travel abroad, and reports of demonstrations, arrests and suicide protests continue to trickle out.......Read More

The Tibet Insight News

July 10, 2017

The Standing Committee of the 10th National People’s Congress of the TAR held its 34th meeting on the morning of June 14, 2017. The meeting was convened and presided over by the Chairman of the TAR People’s Congress Lobsang Gyaltsen (ethnicity: Tibetan), who replaced Pema Choling as the Chairman in January 2013. Lobsang Gyaltsen (Losang Jamcan) is also a Deputy Secretary of the TAR Party Committee.......Read More

TPI fellows visit Washington DC

June 30, 2017

Washington DC: A four-member delegation from the Tibet Policy Institute headed by its Deputy Director, Mr. Tenzin Lekshay visited Washington D.C for a week-long meetings and the seminar on contemporary Tibet organized by Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advance International Studies in Washington DC on 27 June 2017.......Read More

By TPI

The high-tech war on Tibetan communication

June 29, 2017

"Every March 10th, almost all major Tibetan organizations in Dharamsala are targeted with Distributed Denial of Service and other cyber attacks," said Tenzin Dalha, a researcher at theTibet Policy Institute, part of the Central Tibetan Administration.......Read More

Why Are So Many Tibetans Moving to Chinese Cities?

June 27, 2017

China’s Tibetan areas have been troubled by unrest since 2008, when protests swept the plateau, followed by a series of self-immolations which continue to this day. The Chinese state, as part of its arsenal of responses, has intensified urbanization, hoping that economic development and cultural contact will lead to assimilation and stability.......Read More

Recreating Tibet Outside: Early Years of the Refugee Community

June 27, 2017

Going through the pages of Exile, one is amazed by the generosity of India and how this generosity has enabled the Tibetan refugees to re-construct Tibet outside of Tibet. Lobsang Gyatso Sither, the compiler and editor of the photo journal, focuses on four key efforts of the Tibetan refugees in the re-construction of their community in exile.......Read More

China’s Ploy in the Riparian Countries

June 23, 2017

Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra) is one such river that is causing friction amongst all three recipient countries, especially between India and China. The Zangmu Dam, the largest dam on Yarlung Tsangpo is the cause of serious concern to the downstream countries.......Read More

By Dechen Palmo*

In China’s far west the ‘perfect police state’ is emerging

June 23, 2017

One by one armoured personnel carriers, some with machine guns poking from their turrets, rolled towards People’s Square where a 12-metre statue of Mao Zedong was preparing to preside over the latest in a series of tub-thumping “anti-terror” rallies to be held here in the heartlands of China’s Muslim Uighur minority this year.......Read More

The Tibet Recipe, a New Airport in Xinjiang

June 21, 2017

On July 15, 1953, a CIA note dealing with “Chinese Communist Troops, West Tibet” and “Road Construction, Sinkiang to Tibet and Ladakh” mentioned that late 1952, the 2 Cavalry Regiment, commanded by one Han Tse-min, had set up his headquarters at Gartok (the main trade centre in Western Tibet)......Read More

Recreating China’s Imagined Empire

June 20, 2017

China’s influence in the world has become a persistent theme of these early days of the Donald Trump era. During his campaign, Trump portrayed China (not entirely incorrectly) as the leading malefactor in the politics of international trade—holding its currency down in order to pump out exports, while making it hard for foreign companies to enter its own vast market.......Read More