Comments & Briefs

The Tibet Insight News

May 15, 2017

Nagchu Party Secretary Sangay Tashi inspects monasteries in Nagchu and urges monks to continue to promote ‘patriotic love’ under the leadership of the Temple Management Cadres, abide by the law and actively teach how to ‘adapt socialism with Tibetan Buddhism’.......Read More

The Chinese tantrums

April 21, 2017

The McMahon Line was declared as the border between India and Tibet under a tripartite accord signed in 1914. Tawang was on the Indian side of this line. China repudiated this accord. But, following Independence, India took control of Tawang in 1951.......Read More

Nervous China ramps up religious persecution

April 19, 2017

President Xi Jinping’s China is becoming a more fearful place. The government has cracked down both on dissent and contact with the West. Religious persecution also is rising: the communist god that failed fears competition.......Read More

Why China is miffed

April 17, 2017

INDIA-China relations are sinking once again. But it would be naive to consider this development only in the light of the Dalai Lama’s visit to the Tawang monastery: it was his fifth visit to Arunachal Pradesh and third to Tawang. The reasons for Chinese fulmination are more fundamental and strategic in nature. ......Read More

The Politics of Reincarnation

April 13, 2017

The vast extant of the spiritual power of His Holiness the Dalai Lama [HHDL] was recently on display for all to see, when he visited various monasteries in Arunachal Pradesh. People came in huge numbers not only from local areas, but as far away as Bhutan and the Himalayan sub-region. ......Read More

The Dalai Lama Factor in Sino-Indian Relations

April 11, 2017

Relations between India and China haven’t been particularly warm in recent months. But they have lately taken on an icy chill, with Chinese leaders furious over the Dalai Lama’s visit to the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, which China claims as its own.......Read More

The Tibet Insight News

April 10, 2017

At a meeting of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) Provincial Public Security Bureau in Lhasa on 25th February, 2017, the Director of the National Public Security Bureau presented the Work Report of the Public Security Bureau in the entire Tibetan areas for the year 2016 and outlined the deployment of Public Security Officials and their work assignments for the year 2017.......Read More

China and the making of a colonial state

April 10, 2017

The octogenarian emperor of the Qing dynasty, Qianlong in September 1793, was to receive a delegation from an island nation, whose mercantile organisation, East India Company was sweeping across India, drawing spices and raw materials to serve its factories. ......Read More

Their old ways

April 10, 2017

The ongoing visit of the Dalai Lama to Arunachal Pradesh, his seventh, has evoked strong reactions from Beijing. Arunachal Pradesh is a part of India, and New Delhi has never prevented the country’s “longest staying guest”, as the Dalai Lama describes himself, from visiting any part of its territory. ......Read More

Why China feels threatened by icon of non-violence

April 7, 2017

Beijing has kicked up a furious diplomatic row over the Dalai Lama’s ongoing visit to the northeast – including Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh – claiming that the Tibetan spiritual leader’s tour will seriously damage its ties with “obstinate” New Delhi. Such strident pronouncements, bordering on threats, are unbecoming of Beijing......Read More

Mutations may reveal how Tibetans can live on world’s highest plateau

April 6, 2017

It’s not easy living thousands of meters above sea level. The air holds less oxygen, there’s more harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun, and food supplies vary dramatically from season to season. But that doesn’t stop nearly 5 million people from living on the Tibetan Plateau, the world’s highest at an average of 4000 meters.......Read More

Leadership in India will not buckle under China’s pressure

April 4, 2017

The Dalai Lama’s visit to Tawang has not been taken kindly by China, as they consider Tawang to be part of southern Tibet, and, therefore, a part of China. India, on the other hand, has repudiated their claim, citing a treaty signed by the British and Tibetan representatives, popularly called the “Simla treaty,” under which Arunachal Pradesh was declared to be part of India.......Read More