TPI Research Paper

China’s Dalai Lama Dilemma

July 23, 2018

In his pursuit of the Chinese dream and the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, President Xi Jinping has relentlessly tightened Party discipline and its grip on society. He has launched the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a project to vastly improve connectivity on land and at sea between Africa, Middle East and Europe through the construction of highways, airports, rail and ports to facilitate trade and commerce between continents.......Read More

By Thubten Samphel*

The Deliberate Over-reporting on the Removal of Nomads from Changtang Nature Reserve

July 2, 2018

According to a recent Xinhua news (19 June 2018), the so called Tibet Autonomous Region(TAR) removed around 1100 villagers (nomads) from the Changtang National Nature Reserve in Nagchu region and were relocated at an area of 27 kilometers from Lhasa. The Deputy Head of the Regional Forestry Bureau of TAR cited low oxygen, poor public facilities, lower than the region's average life expectancy and the need for reduction of human activities that might harm the fragile environment in the nature reserve.......Read More

By Zamlha Tempa Gyaltsen*

The Man who Stole Tibet

June 27, 2018

Studio 59: Dialogue Artists’ Residency lies beyond the bridge in Khanyara in the lush valley below the foothills of the Dhauladhar range. The man behind Studio 59 hopes to transform it into an academy for Tibetan and other artists from around the world, to serve as a retreat in which they could give undivided attention and expression to their own evocation of Tibet. He hopes the academy would serve as a solitary place for Tibetan artists to meditate on “what does it mean to be a Tibetan in this day and age” and use the medium of art to evoke their meditation.......Read More

By Thubten Samphel*

The Fabulous Pandatsang Family Remembered

June 16, 2018

Dr. Carole McGranahan of the University of Colorado, Boulder gave a fascinating talk on 15 June on the fabulous Pandatsang family of Tibet, focusing on the figure of Rabga Pandatsang who founded Tibet's political party. Her jam-packed audience consisted of the researchers of the Tibet Policy Institute, other staff of the Central Tibetan Administration and members of Tibetan NGOs.......Read More

By Thubten Samphel*

China’s New Infrastructure Projects at India’s Doorstep

June 14, 2018

Since the 19th Party Congress, where Chinese President Xi Jinping’s pet project “Belt and Road Initiative” has been moulded into the constitution of the People’s Republic of China, China is witnessing a new trend among its regional governments. They are seen formulating projects in order to secure resources from Beijing and to cash in on this broad and largely undefined “initiative.”......Read More

By Tenzin Desal*

China’s Gold Mining in Tibet is a Strategic Move against India

June 11, 2018

A recent article in South China Morning Post (SCMP) about rapidly expanding Chinese gold mining activities in Tibet, close to India's border, reverberated the Sino-India border tension. The Post deliberately titled the article 'How Chinese mining in the Himalayas may create a new military flashpoint with India' to stir the volatile relation between the two neighbors.......Read More

By Zamlha Tempa Gyaltsen*

A Mining Protest in Driru County

June 4, 2018

Driru in northwest of Kham is currently administered as a county under Nagchu prefecture within the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) controlled Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR). This prefecture is richly endowed with mineral ores, such as gold, silver, copper, antimony, lead, zinc, borax, petroleum, salt etc. These ores found in the region are large in reserve, high in grade, and easy for exploitaton......Read More

By Dechen Palmo*

Wuhan Summit: A Formal Tibetan Connection

May 28, 2018

It has been almost a month since the informal summit between Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping in Wuhan on the 27th and 28th April, 2018. Many commentators and thought leaders around the world have given their thoughts on the ups and downs of the summit.......Read More

By Tenzin Tsultrim*

Cybersecurity for Tibetans In and Outside Tibet

May 7, 2018

The fragility of the information world we now live in demands strong cybersecurity surveillance. The escalation of potent cyber threat, part of living in the digital era, is understanding that our private information is more vulnerable than ever before.......Read More

By Tenzin Dalha*

The Real Cause behind Tibet’s Garbage Crisis

May 4, 2018

Twenty years ago, garbage was never a prevalent issue in Tibet. Domestic waste was ingeniously managed and processed into manure for farm use. But in recent years, the rampant littering on the Tibetan Plateau has become an obnoxious reality and a rapidly evolving crisis.......Read More

By Zamlha Tempa Gyaltsen*

Artificial Rain on the Tibetan Plateau for More Water in China

May 4, 2018

According to a recent news report published on 22 March, 2018 in South China Morning Post, "China needs more water. So it's building a rain-making network three times the size of Spain," China is testing a weather modification system developed by the state-owned China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.......Read More

By Dechen Palmo*

The deteriorating state of Tibetan language in Tibet

April 24, 2018

After the Cultural Revolution the Chinese government has given little freedom to teach minority language in China. In 1982 thanks to the hard work of the 10th Panchen Lama and Ngapo Ngawang Jigme law was implemented to give priority to Tibetan language in Tibet. Tibetans were able to reap the fruits of that law for decades and many youngsters were well equipped in Tibetan language after graduating.......Read More

By Karma Tenzin*

China’s New Genetic Project for the Mass Surveillance in Tibet

April 23, 2018

China is currently one of the most censored countries in the world, monitoring every activity, due to the threat of social and political instability. On October 5th, 2015, the state website People's Daily proudly announced that 'Beijing police have covered every corner of the city with video surveillance system.'......Read More

By Tenzin Tsultrim*

Another White Paper on “Religious Freedom” to Evade UN Scrutiny

April 13, 2018

According to a report that appeared on the English website of China Tibet Online on 12 April, 2018, the State Council Information Office issued a white paper titled, “China’s Policies and Practices on Protecting Freedom of Religious Belief." However, the Tibetan version of its website, ཀྲུང་གོའི་བོད་ལྗོངས་ appears to make no mention of this document.......Read More

By Tenzin Desal*