· 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’.
- China considering turning entire Tibetan plateau and surrounding mountains into a huge 2.5 million sq km park national park to protect “the last piece of pure land”. Claims this would help ease water supply concerns of neighboring countries and will also help implementation of ‘One Belt, One Road’. India has declined to participate in the survey.
- 8 billion yuan invested in Lhasa-Nyingchi Railway project.
- A China Daily article claimed that under India’s illegal rule, the residents of “Southern Tibet” lived difficult lives, faced various kinds of discrimination, and looked forward to returning to China.
- On April 19, 2017, China’s government formally gives Chinese names to six places in Arunachal Pradesh. One of these is Wo’gyainling, which is likely to be the new name for Ugyen Ling monastery, the birthplace of the sixth Dalai Lama in Tawang district.
- While on a three-day visit to Nepal commencing March 23, 2017, Chinese Defence Minister General Chang Wanquan pledged a grant of Rs 3.04 billion (Chinese Yuan 200 million) to the Nepal Army.[Source]