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Yumemania continues

July 20, 2018

I often mentioned Yume (or Yumai or Yumed) the tiny hamlet, north of the McMahon Line (Upper Subansiri district of Arunachal Pradesh), on this blog. Since it was adopted by President Xi Jinping through a letter to two sisters living in Yume, yuans have been pouring. In fact, it is deluge. Roads have come up, electricity and water supply are no more a problem, new houses have been built, not only for the 32 ‘original’ inhabitants, but also for the tourists who will soon arrive in the border village.......Read More

Tibet Insight News

July 18, 2018

A recent blog by Claudi Arpi claimed the daughter of the late tenth Panchen Lama Rigzin Wangmo was in Tibet after her last visit on June 20, 2013 when she and her mother was welcomed warmly by a huge gathering of Tibetans. She visited two of the most important monasteries in Lhasa, Ramoche and Jokhang and also Tashilhunpo in Shigatse, the monastery of the Panchen Lamas. The blog speculated that the CCP may want to promote the tenth Panchen Lama who had been critical of China’s Tibet Policies. ......Read More

Tibet Insight News

July 17, 2018

On International Children’s Day on May 31, TAR Party Secretary Wu Yingjie visited a Bilingual kindergarten in Chengguan district of Lhasa. Posters highlighting the contrast between “old and new Tibet” were pasted in the corridors of the school. TAR Party Secretary Wu Yingjie advised the children to understand the trust and loyalty of the Party and to remember Chinese President Xi Jinping's message of safeguarding the motherland's unity. ......Read More

Global Religion and the United Front: The Case of Mongolia

July 13, 2018

‘Sinified’ religion has a role to play in Xi’s elevation of the United Front (UF) into a foreign policy tool. Informed by Qing imperial policy, CCP voices highlight the potential of state-managed Buddhism to advance PRC policy in Mongolia, where it has become a salient component of UF activity.......Read More

The China-U.S. Power Struggle Is Just Beginning

July 5, 2018

Chinese President Xi Jinping has an ambitious master plan for his country’s transformation into a wealthy, technology-driven global economic power. And U.S. companies need not apply. That’s why the current trade rumble between the U.S. and China, in which the Trump administration is threatening to slap tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese imports and Beijing promises to respond in kind, is far more than just a spat over market restrictions, intellectual property rights and the epic U.S. deficit.......Read More

China wants eyes and ears on every street

July 3, 2018

EVERY day Zhong Zhenhua patrols a small network of streets in a well-heeled part of northern Beijing, where a dozen apartment blocks house about 3,000 people. In recent weeks he has been paying attention to local construction workers to make sure that their building materials do not block people’s way.......Read More

The great firewall of China: Xi Jinping’s internet shutdown

July 2, 2018

In December 2015, thousands of tech entrepreneurs and analysts, along with a few international heads of state, gathered in Wuzhen, in southern China, for the country’s second World Internet Conference. At the opening ceremony the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, set out his vision for the future of China’s internet. “We should respect the right of individual countries to independently choose their own path of cyber-development,” said Xi, warning against foreign interference “in other countries’ internal affairs”.......Read More

The Return of the Princess?

July 2, 2018

Five years later, as she arrived at the Jokhang Cathedral, she encountered a huge crowd again; probably much larger than the previous time. Rigzin Wangmo, accompanied by her mother, received a warm welcome from thousands of Tibetans assembled to have a 'darshan' of the Lama's daughter. ......Read More

New Airports on India’s Borders

June 15, 2018

On June 9, the Civil Aviation Administration of China and the Tibetan Autonomous Region’s (TAR) government announced that Tibet will soon have three new airports. A communiqué said: “Construction of the three airports, all above the altitude of 3,900 meters, should begin in 2019.”......Read More

Are we nearing an end of an era of China’s Economic Imperialism?

May 21, 2018

Mahathir Mohamad has made China a key theme of his campaign during the run up to the elections. He was riding a wave of people’s anger over Chinese investments in the country and has accused the former Prime Minister Najib Razak of selling out to China following a string of trade deals that put Malaysia at a massive economic disadvantage.......Read More