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President Trump: Support Religious Freedom in China

November 2, 2017

As U.S. President Donald Trump prepares to travel to China in early November he should include in his daily tweets the hashtags of #FreeReligiousPrisoners and #ReligiousFreedom. Out of nearly 1.4 billion citizens of China, untold numbers are victims of the Chinese government’s relentless drive for control over religious beliefs, activities, and advocacy.......Read More

Tibet, the 19th Party Congress and China’s United Front work

November 2, 2017

What does a powerful Xi Jinping as General Secretary of the Communist Party of China mean for the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) various minority nationalities, especially the Tibetans? The nature and extent of authority accorded to the United Front Works Department (UFWD) that handles nationality, religious and overseas Chinese affairs, during Xi’s second term is an important starting point for analysis.......Read More

Analyzing Chinese Official Zhang Yijiong’s Remarks on Dalai Lama and Tibet

November 2, 2017

On the matter of protection of Tibetan Buddhism, Zhang has the audacity to claim that “Tibetan Buddhism originated in ancient China; it is a special form of religion that originated within China.” He goes on to add that although it is true that it has been “influenced by other religions and other cultures” (read India), “but it is not acquired religion. It is originated [sic] within China; it has its roots in China. So it is an example of being Chinese. It has Chinese orientation.”......Read More

Hardliners will dominate China’s Tibet policy

November 2, 2017

Xinhua reported on October 21 that at a press conference on the sidelines of the congress, Zhang Yijiong -- vice minister of the Communist party central committee's United Front Work Department and its executive deputy head who was promoted at the congress as a full central committee member, reaffirmed China's opposition to the Dalai Lama's visits to foreign countries.......Read More

Inside China’s secret ‘magic weapon’ for worldwide influence

November 1, 2017

On the Google map of Beijing there is an empty quarter, an urban block next to the Communist party’s leadership compound in which few of the buildings are named. At street level, the aura of anonymity is confirmed. Uniformed guards stand by grand entrances checking official cars as they come and go. But there are no identifying signs; the sole information divulged is on brass plaques that bear the street name and building numbers.......Read More

China’s 19th Party Congress and Tibetans

October 20, 2017

While we await expectantly for the new lineup of the Chinese leadership after the 19th Party Congress that might happen on October 24, 2017, it might be worth our while to talk about some other issues related to the meeting; the Tibetan delegates, for instance.......Read More

Conquest Dynasties of China or Foreign Empires? The Problem of Relations between China, Yuan and Qing

October 18, 2017

The problem of statehood with regard to relations between China, Yuan and Qing states and dynasties is analyzed in comparative historical context. It is hard to accept the concept of one China (single or divided), during many centuries ruled by different dynasties and never incorporated in other states. Self-names of states and declarations of their succession, as such, do not create historical succession.......Read More

Why China blinked in Doklam standoff

October 18, 2017

What really compelled China to de-escalate in Doklam? First, let us examine the reasons that have been cited in the public domain since the pull-back some weeks ago. After weeks of raising the decibel level the government in Beijing realised that building the road up to the Jampheri Ridge was considered an existential threat by India due to its proximity to the Siliguri corridor and hence India was unlikely to budge; the coming 19th CPC meeting in November 2017 later on in the year and the BRICS meeting at Xiamen.......Read More

China carrying out cultural genocide of Tibet: Report

October 18, 2017

China is carrying out systematic annihilation of the cultural heritage of Tibet with the destruction of Tibetan Buddhism and religious traditions, education system, social breakdowns, lawlessness, communal disharmony, uncontrolled greed and a high growth in sex trade and alcoholism, according to a report.......Read More

Was Gar Tong Tsan the First Tibetan Hunger Striker Hero? — a personal view point

October 4, 2017

It is commonly known that in the 7th and 8th century History of Tibet the Gar lineage earned much pride and honor for Tibet. Famous for his exceptional wit and wisdom Lonpo Gar Tong Tsan (590-667)[i] is especially remembered and has become an immortal symbol of Tibet. His victory in the long grueling competition against suitors from four other nations for the hand of the princess Wen Chen Kong Jo (641-667) at the court of the Tang Chinese Emperor, Tai Zhong, is legendary.......Read More

By Tsepak Rigzin*

Review: Books by two men who have served Tibet

October 4, 2017

Shokdung is the pen name for Tra-gya. It means the “morning conch.” The translator, Matthew Akster, thinks it is meant as a wake-up call for Tibet, a call for a peaceful revolution against Beijing’s iron-fisted rule on the Tibetan Plateau. Indeed, the message of Shokdung takes the readers back to the 19th century when a powerful West confronted and encroached upon a weakened Manchu China. ......Read More

Tibet Insight News

October 4, 2017

The Chairman of Lhasa Municipality, Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) UFWD and TAR People’s Government, Choedak (Ch: Qi Zala) presided over the Executive Meeting of TAR People’s Government on September 13, 2017 to primarily discuss economic policies for the 13th Five-Year Plan Period. It was agreed to establish a “Lhasa Comprehensive Bonded Area” after getting a nod from the State Council. Research on Tibetan medicines, development of the information and technology industry and other matters were discussed at the meeting. ......Read More

Chen Quanguo: The Strongman Behind Beijing’s Securitization Strategy in Tibet and Xinjiang

September 25, 2017

Over the last year, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) Party Secretary Chen Quanguo (陈全国) has dramatically increased the police presence in Xinjiang by advertising over 90,000 new police and security-related positions. [1] This soldier-turned-politician is little known outside of China, but within China he has gained a reputation as an ethnic policy innovator, pioneering a range of new methods for securing Chinese Communist Party (CCP) rule over Uyghurs, Tibetans and other ethnic minorities in western China.......Read More

Ending Pyongyang’s brinkmanship

September 20, 2017

The tensions surrounding the brinkmanship of the North Korean leader have kept the two countries most imperiled, South Korea and Japan on edge. In the latter case there were reports of brisk sales of nuclear shelters. Something similar is bound to be taking place in South Korea as well. In the face of the scale of the destruction that could take place in the event of actual hostilities these measures amount to nothing.......Read More