Comments & Briefs

China and the making of a colonial state

February 20, 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. When the British trade mission led by George Macartney arrived at the court of the Qing... Read more »......Read More

By Tenzin Desal*

Snapshot: China’s Western Theater Command

January 30, 2017

Despite continuing high-level meetings between China and India’s military, Beijing has not settled its border disputes with India, and continues aggressive military activity along the disputed border regions (China Military Online, November 22, 2016).......Read More


January 30, 2017

Dranyen, an instrument with six strings in three groups, is the basis and foundation of Tibetan traditional music. For a thousand years it has existed predominantly in Tibet and is believed to have been exclusively created on the plateau. ......Read More

By Tashi Tenzin*

How the next Dalai Lama may be selected!

January 20, 2017

If he could hear the uttering of one of his Tibetan followers, poor Karl Marx would turn in his tomb! Padma Choling, (alias Pema Thinley), Chairman of the Tibet Autonomous Regional (TAR) People's Congress created a flutter when he declared: “it's not up to the Dalai Lama to decide [about his own reincarnation].”......Read More

Arunachal Pradesh: Cultural and Strategic Flashpoint For Sino-Indian Relations

January 20, 2017

Sino-Indian relations are likely to become strained in early 2017. The Dalai Lama is scheduled to visit Tawang in the northeast Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh in March. According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, by granting the Dalai Lama permission to visit Tawang, India is providing “a stage for anti-China separatist forces,” further warning that it would “only damage peace and stability of the border areas and bilateral relations” (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, [PRC], October 29, 2016). ......Read More

India’s Diplomatic Moves on Tibet As China ignores India’s security concerns, Modi embraces the Dalai Lama.

January 19, 2017

India recently announced that it will welcome the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader who has lived in exile in India since 1959, at an international conference on Buddhism in the state of Bihar in March. Ignoring protests from the Chinese government, India will also allow the Dalai Lama to visit the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, which China claims as part of its own territory and calls South Tibet. This represents a gradual but significant change in India’s Tibet policy, and it flows directly from China’s refusal to acknowledge India’s security concerns.......Read More

New Governor for Tibet: no big incidents, no medium incidents, no small incidents, but tourists

January 18, 2017

The People's Daily and several Chinese official websites announced the appointment of a new Governor of Tibet (head of the local Government). Che Drahla (or Qi Zhala in Chinese), who has served in Tibet areas for the past 35 years, was till recently the Party Secretary of Tibet’s capital Lhasa; since December, he is of the four deputy secretaries of the Tibet Autonomous Region. Che is 58 years old. According to the same short announcement,the outgoing Governor Lobsang Gyaltsen was named Chairman of the regional National People's Congress. ......Read More

New highway near Mt. Kailash

January 18, 2017

The Chinese Law on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) requires the State to consult the population about any new project; it is how some information on the new highway projects in Western Tibet (Ngari Prefecture) came in the public domain. ......Read More


ཟླ་བ་ ༡ ཚེས ༢ ༢༠༡༧

༄༅། །དེང་དུས་འཛམ་གླིང་ནང་ཤེས་ཡོན་སྤྲོད་སྟངས་སྣ་ཚོགས་ཡོད་ཀྱང་། མི་ཚེའི་ནང་རང་གཞན་གཉིས་ཀར་ཁ་ཡོད་ལག་ཡོད་ཕན་ཐོགས་ཅན་གྱི་ཤེས་བྱ་ག་ཚོད་རག་གི་ཡོད་མེད་ཐོག ཕྱི་ལོ་ ༢༠༠༠ ལོ་ནས་བཟུང་ལོ་གསུམ་རེའི་ནང་རྒྱལ་ཁབ་མང་པོའི་རང་ལོ་བཅོ་ལྔ་ཡིན་པའི་སློབ་ཕྲུག་ཚོའི་ཤེས་ཚད་ཤེས་རྟོགས་སླད་རྒྱལ་སྤྱིའི་སློབ་ཕྲུག་དཔྱད་ཞིབ་ལས་འགུལ་༼PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment)༽ ཞེས་པའི་སྤྱི་རྒྱུགས་གཅིག་གཏོང་འགོ་ཚུགས་རེད། དེའི་ནང་གྲུབ་འབྲས་བཟང་པོ་འཐོན་མཁན་གྱི་རྒྱལ་ཁབ་འགའ་ཤས་ནི་ཕིན་ལེནྜ་ (Finland) དང་། རྒྱ་ནག་གྲོང་ཁྱེར་ཧྲང་ཧེ༌(Shanghai) དང་། ཧོང་ཀོང་ (Hong Kong) དང་། སིངྒ་པོར། (Singapore) བཅས་རེད།.......རྒྱས་པ་འདིར་གཟིགས་

By Tenzin Pema

Trump Should Read India’s Playbook for Taunting China

December 21, 2016

Donald Trump’s decision to break protocol and become the first president-elect in decades to speak by phone with a Taiwanese president was either a colossal blunder or a shrewd strategic coup, depending on which Beltway insider you ask. At the least, Trump’s divisive exchange with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has sparked a substantive debate about the nature of U.S.-China-Taiwan relations and the sanctity of Beijing’s version of the “One-China” policy, which codifies China’s inalienable sovereignty over Taiwan and Tibet.......Read More