TPI Research Paper

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*


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

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

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*

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*


August 6, 2018

  The current perception of China’s international relations which was decided by a very centralised and cloistered elite in Beijing, is no longer valid as it used to be, as the number of actors who participated in the formation of the country’s foreign policy had grown within the Chinese government as well as increasing by... Read more »......Read More

By Tenzin TsultrimBy Tenzin Tsultrim*


August 4, 2018

China had 772 million internet users by the end of December 2017, with penetration rate of 55.8%[i]. Thus, it became the largest online population in the world. As the records of internet service and users grew exponentially, the Chinese government has undertaken measures to limit the access of its netizens to contents that are deemed... Read more »......Read More

By Tenzin Dalha*


July 31, 2018

The impact of climate change on the Tibetan plateau is apparent with unusual scale of torrential rainfall reported across Tibet. The drastic climatic shift has resulted in high frequency of floods and landslides occurring simultaneously in various part of Tibet as we write. The scale and frequency of natural disasters in year 2018 has been... Read more »......Read More

By Zamlha Tempa Gyaltsen


July 21, 2018

China’s latest white paper ‘Ecological Progress on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau’ begins with a brazen lie that “the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the Chinese government have always valued ecological progress. In fact, the infamous slogan ‘Man must conquer nature’ was declared by the founding father of the CPC Mao Zedong. In his opening speech... Read more »......Read More

By Zamlha Tempa Gyaltsen

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*