Research Articles by Tenzin Tseten*

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

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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

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TAR unveils stability maintenance guidelines ahead of March 10 anniversary

March 7, 2018

The Tibet Autonomous Region’s (TAR) stability maintenance supervision group (བརྟན་ལྷིང་སྲུང་སྐྱོང་བཀོད་འདོམས་པུ) on 26 February summoned a crucial meeting to instruct TAR high-ranking officials to monitor and instruct various cities, prefectures and monasteries regarding stability maintenance during the on-going two big sessions in Beijing officially known as the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and the National People’s Congress that began on 3 and 5 March respectively.......Read More

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Two new supervision commissions set up in Tibet

March 1, 2018

In a move to reform the existing national supervision system, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in November 2016 issued a draft of the new state supervision law for adoption by the National People’s Congress – China’s version of parliament. The proposed law is expected to become effective... Read more »......Read More

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Four must uphold for religious personnel in Xi’s new era

January 18, 2018

Recently, a high-level meeting was held between the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) party committee, the highest level decision making body in TAR, and religious personnel (read tulku) to discuss and mainly to educate religious personnel about the essence of the 19th Party Congress guided by Xi Jinping’s new philosophy. Xi’s new philosophy titled socialism with... Read more »......Read More

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Indoctrination of Xi’s political ideology in Tibet

December 7, 2017

As a part of the nationwide campaign, a high-level lecture group (དགོངས་དོན་སྒྲོག་འགྲེལ་ཚོགས་ཆུང) toured Lhasa municipality to indoctrinate party members and officials pertaining Xi’s guiding political ideology for a new era, which was eponymously enshrined in the party’s constitution at the just concluded five-yearly party congress. The lecture group mainly consisted of officials and scholars who were involved in drafting documents of the 19th Party Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).......Read More

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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

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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

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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

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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*