Comments & Briefs

Tibet caught in China’s bride-business

March 23, 2019

In China today, bride-business is source of lucrative income. For example, getting a bride in Shanghai city costs the groom’s family around US $147,000. This example obliquely illustrates the degree of gender imbalance, which can trace its roots from the decades-long one-child policy introduced in late 1970’s. The one-child policy designed to keep fast-growing population... Read more »......Read More

By Tenzin Tseten*

Why reciprocity matters: the US Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act

March 20, 2019

By Natasha Kassam, The Interpreter, 20 March 2019 Will this Reciprocal Access Act inspire some reciprocity from the Chinese system? It’s possible the Tibet Foreign Affairs Office is scrambling to arrange a delegation from the US Embassy in Beijing before Pompeo delivers his report. But that seems unlikely, given senior government officials are now claiming... Read more »......Read More

China’s Assertion of Sovereignty On Tibet’s Spiritual Space

March 18, 2019

While the world ponders the horrifying meaning of the two mosque massacres in New Zealand, a silent and consequential struggle is being waged in the mountains of Tibet. The struggle between Beijing and the Tibetan people for the soul of Tibet and how the Tibetans will react to the outcome will re-shape relations between church... Read more »......Read More

By Thubten Samphel*

Costumes, Jewellery and Hats of Old Tibet

March 16, 2019

Costumes and Jewellery of Tibet By Namgyal L. Taklha The Tibet Museum, Dharamshala, 2018, pp 196 Traditional Tibet was a land of hats. These hats were worn to protect Tibetan heads from the searing summer sun and bitter winter wind and cold. According to Namgyal L. Taklha, the author of Costumes and Jewellery of Tibet,... Read more »......Read More

By Thubten Samphel*

A Playbook for the New Great Game?

March 4, 2019

Will Tibet Ever Find Her Soul Again? India-Tibet Relations 1947-1962: Part 2 By Claude Arpi United Institution of India, New Delhi, Vij Books India Pvt Ltd, 2018, pp 569, Rs 1,550 The brilliance of new China’s leaders in pursuing their hard-nosed strategic objectives in Tibet was to weave a plausible narrative of ‘liberation’ around what... Read more »......Read More

By Thubten Samphel*

In memory of our tallest supporter George Saab

January 30, 2019

Dharamshala, 29 January 2019: Today, Tibet has lost one of her dearest and most trusted friend George Fernandes, who remained the strongest voice of solidarity for the Tibetan cause. His Holiness the Dalai Lama in his condolence message expressed, “George was a great humanitarian and believer in truth. Throughout his life, his was a voice for the millions of poor and needy people of the country.......Read More


January 14, 2019

On January 10th 2019, at the opening day of the 2nd session of the 11th Tibetan People’s Congress in Lhasa, Chinese officials released an annual report detailing the arrival of 33.68 million tourist to Tibet. The Chinese government refers to the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) as Tibet, a territory consisting of less than half of the actual traditional landmass of Tibet.......Read More

By *Dr. Rinzin Dorjee

China: New Political Requirements for Tibetan Monastics

November 3, 2018

Chinese authorities are requiring key Tibetan monks and nuns to act as propagandists for the government and Communist Party, Human Rights Watch said today. Under new policies for “Sinicizing” religion, the government has been compelling selected monastics in the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR) to undergo political training designed to create a new corps of Buddhist teachers proficient in state ideology.......Read More

The Dalai Lama and China’s Quest for Buddhist Soft Power

October 30, 2018

Religion, particularly Buddhism, is relevant more than ever in today’s China, whose government is expected to invest more than $1 trillion in its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). On one hand, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) under Xi Jinping acknowledges that religion can be used to feed the social vacuum in capitalist China.......Read More

By Dr. Rinzin Dorjee

Tibet Insight News

October 10, 2018

On September 20, the TAR Tourism Commission and Lhokha (Ch: Shannan) Municipal People’s Government’s Tourism Commission, Wuhan Cultural Exchange Centre and Chengdu Airlines hosted the opening ceremony of the Winter Tour and inauguration of the Lhoka-Wuhan Direct Flight at Gonggar Airport. Ji Yue, Deputy Director of the TAR Tourism Commission, said the opening of the new route will bridge the government, tourism, civil aviation and other departments of the two provinces. ......Read More