TPI Research Paper

When the Empires Fall Apart: Managing Diversity in Two Asian Giants — An essay

November 16, 2017

The birth of two Asian giants -- India and China -- is separated by two years. At the stroke of midnight on 15 August 1947, administration ruling one-fifth of humanity is passed on from the Colonial British to Independent India. The first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru gave his indelible "Tryst with Destiny" speech before the Constituent Assembly in a confident Lutyen enclave of Delhi.......Read More

By Tenzin Desal*

What You Quan’s appointment as the head of the UFWD tells us?

November 15, 2017

You Quan, a former party chief of Fujian province was recently appointed the head of the United Front Work Department supplanting Sun Chunlan. The UFWD is an agency under the command of the Central Committee of the CCP which looks after the non-Communist Party entities and oversees ethnic and religious issues.......Read More

By Tenzin Tseten*

Brahmaputra River: An Eternal Conflict between India and China

November 2, 2017

China having more than 20% of the world’s population has less than 7% of global freshwater resource at its disposal. Moreover, the available water is unequally distributed, with Tibet having more water than northern China. To relieve the enormous pressure on water resource in China’s north, the leadership in 2003 launched a gigantic South-to-North Water Transfer Project.......Read More

By Dechen Palmo*

UN Climate Change Summits: With or Without Tibet

October 27, 2017

The 23rd Conference of Parties (COP23) or the UN Climate Summits will be organized by the government of Fiji. But due to logistic issues to accommodate tens of thousands of delegates from 197 member states, the conference will be held in Bonn, Germany from 6-17 November 2017. This mega event is the world's biggest climate conference attended by heads of states, government delegates, climate scientists, environment researchers and activists from from across the globe.......Read More

By Zamlha Tempa Gyaltsen*

Tibetan Narrative on Tawang – A Historical Approach

October 12, 2017

Tawang is one of the most important districts of the Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. It also has a geostrategic significance to India. China claims it as south Tibet. Hence, this dispute of territorial demarcation has sparked off geopolitical ramifications for India and China. In India, the Monpas explicitly state that they share border with Tibet, not China (, 22 April 2017).......Read More

By Tsewang Dorji*

19th Party Congress: a barometer to Xi’s intention

October 7, 2017

A long practiced factional politics seems to be losing its strength under Xi Jinping leadership. This assessment is not unfounded. Judging his past five years, Xi executed unprecedented moves unlike his two immediate predecessors, Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao. He has demonstrated a willingness to break long-standing party traditions and install his style of governance and statecraft in its place.......Read More

By Tenzin Tseten*

Flooded Tibet: struggling to adapt to the new reality

September 4, 2017

On 30 August 2017, a massive landslide buried nine people in Golok Machen region of north eastern Tibet. The horrifying disaster occurred in the early hours of the day (4:30am) while residents were still in bed. The day could have been, otherwise, a beautiful summer morning with nomadic melodies echoing across the valley as residents... Read more »......Read More

By Zamlha Tempa Gyaltsen*

Ideological campaign in Tibet ahead of the 19th Party Congress

August 31, 2017

As the 19th Party Congress coming to its unveiling this fall, the Party-state has been endorsing in full swing a new ideological campaign called “four stresses and four loves” (སྣང་ཆེན་བཞི་དང་དགའ་ཞེན་བཞི།) in the ‘Tibet Autonomous Region.’ The ideological campaign has germinated in the beginning of this year and inevitably penetrates into all levels of society and every aspects of life in the ‘TAR’.......Read More

By Tenzin Tseten*

The Global Times: A window to Beijing’s thinking?

August 3, 2017

For the past one month, the standoff between India and China is getting murkier for many reasons. It all started with the construction of motorable road by the Chinese People's Liberation Army on Doklam, a disputed territory between Bhutan and Tibet on 16th June 2017, followed by many developments reported in Indian and Chinese media, particularly, in the Global Times, a major Chinese newspaper which is published both in Chinese and English. For Indian media and analysts, the Global Times has become a source of their understanding of Beijing's thinking.......Read More

By Tenzin Tsultrim*

China smothers last breath of internet freedom with VPN ban

July 28, 2017

In the age of growing internet freedom and governmental transparency, China’s infamous Great Firewall has unabatedly suppressed freedom of expression and strictly monitored the information that could be accessed by its citizens. China has employed a range of cyber security: Internet surveillance, data mining and censorship measures to control Internet Service Provider (ISP), Internet Content... Read more »......Read More

By Tenzin Dalha*

What Sun’s ouster tells of Xi’s grand plan?

July 24, 2017

Five years after Bo Xilai, once the high-flying and charismatic party chief of Chongqing municipality was expelled from the communist Party and eventually sentenced to life imprisonment, his successor Sun Zhengai is currently under the investigation.......Read More

By Tenzin Tseten*

TPI fellows visit Washington DC

June 30, 2017

Washington DC: A four-member delegation from the Tibet Policy Institute headed by its Deputy Director, Mr. Tenzin Lekshay visited Washington D.C for a week-long meetings and the seminar on contemporary Tibet organized by Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advance International Studies in Washington DC on 27 June 2017.......Read More


China’s Ploy in the Riparian Countries

June 23, 2017

Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra) is one such river that is causing friction amongst all three recipient countries, especially between India and China. The Zangmu Dam, the largest dam on Yarlung Tsangpo is the cause of serious concern to the downstream countries.......Read More

By Dechen Palmo*

Garbage Rampage in Tibet

June 4, 2017

Why rampant littering on the world’s highest Plateau concerns us all Tibet, once the mystical Shangri-La to the western world, is still one of the most beautiful places and sought after destination for travelers. As per a Xinhua (Jan 3, 2017) News report, a whopping 23 million tourist flocked to the plateau in the year... Read more »......Read More

By Zamlha Tempa Gyaltsen*