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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

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

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

New railway lines in Tibet

December 16, 2016

I have already mentioned in this blog that the Tibetan Autonomous Region's government has been planned more than 20 new highways (included new routes from Lhasa to Nagchu; Dege to Chamdo; Chamdo to Jaka; Lhasa to Shigatse Airport; and Gongkar Airport to Tsethang) to be constructed next year, with a total investment of more than US$ 5 billion.......Read More

Dalai Lama’s visit to Mongolia angers China

December 5, 2016

Though described by Mongolian authorities as a purely religious visit and despite no officials having met him publicly, the Dalai Lama’s recent four-day (18-21 November 2016) visit to Mongolia predictably provoked a sharp reaction from Beijing.......Read More