Comments & Briefs


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

What is China preparing for Tibet?

September 28, 2018

The 2008 protests in Tibet shocked Chinese leaders and policy-makers, leaving the notion of well-managed ethnic harmony in a state of disrepair. Not long after, Chinese scholars began to debate the effectiveness of existing minority policies that have been largely cited as reason for unprecedented protests in the course of modern political history of Tibet.......Read More

By Tenzin Tseten*

Making a Deal with the Devil

September 25, 2018

This month the Vatican and China signed a provisional agreement that allows the Holy See to approve bishops appointed by the Chinese Communist Party. Some commentators say the Vatican just made a deal with the devil.......Read More

By Thubten Samphel*

Rare Tibet Trip Shows China Only Wants a Dalai Lama It Can Control

September 22, 2018

While the Potala Palace still dominates Lhasa’s skyline, the current Dalai Lama hasn’t lived there since 1959, when the twenty-something fled to India as the People’s Liberation Army quashed a revolt against Chinese rule. In the six decades since, the question of his return has been a persistent source of tension between China and the West.......Read More

A Boiling Pot: The CCP’s Increasingly Intrusive Surveillance in Tibet

September 22, 2018

For the past few years, the intensity and the diversity of China’s surveillance systems in Tibet have been growing to an unprecedented scale. Findings from numerous rights groups and institutes from across the world confirm the deteriorating human rights situation in Tibet (for a few recent examples, see Freedom House’s report from 2018; Human Rights Watch’s report from 2018; the Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy’s 2017 report; Amnesty International’s 2017-2018 report; and the U.S. Congressional Executive Commission on China’s report from  2017).......Read More

By Tenzin Tsultrim

Tibet Insight News

September 17, 2018

The TAR PSB recently launched a “3-minute police circle” initiative as part of a new series of surveillance measures. Police Stations under this scheme will issue ID cards to residents for ‘free’. The new Saikang Convenience Police Station, at the intersection of Beijing Middle road and Qingnian Road in Lhasa, is part of the “3-minute police circle” initiative and in addition to public security tasks assists tourists visiting the city. An example was cited of two Swiss tourists who were lost and arrived at the Saikang Convenience Police Station.......Read More

Tibet Insight News

September 12, 2018

Wang Yang made a visit to Tibet from August 24-26, in the capacity of the Chairman of the 13th Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee, and Member of PBSC. He visited Chamdo and Lhasa. ......Read More

Zhu Weiqun Fumes, Once Again, At the Middle-Way Policy

September 11, 2018

In the summer of this year, Tibetan NGOs in exile held two meetings here in Dharamshala. One was a meeting of Tibetans who advocate independence for Tibet. The other was a meeting of Tibetans who support the Middle-Way Policy, of Tibet enjoying genuine autonomy within the scope of the constitution of the People’s Republic of... Read more »......Read More

By Thubten Samphel*