Category: Commentaries & Opinions

What Can the Dalai Lama’s White House Visit Actually Accomplish?

What Can the Dalai Lama’s White House Visit Actually Accomplish?

On February 21, the Dalai Lama visited United States President Barack Obama in the White House over the objections of the Chinese government. Beijing labels the exiled spiritual leader a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” who seeks to use violence to free Tibet from Chinese rule. The Dalai Lama, who fled to India after a failed […]

Tibet’s Panchen Lama: 25 Years After

Tibet’s Panchen Lama: 25 Years After

  By Thubten Samphel January 30, 2014 On 28 January, 25 years ago, the 10th Panchen Lama of Tibet died at the age of 51. Popular Tibetan opinion commonly refers to the 14th Dalai Lama and the 10th Panchen Lama as the “sun and moon” of the Tibetan Buddhist firmament. They are the center of […]

Vested interests block reconciliation in Tibet

Vested interests block reconciliation in Tibet

  By Thubten Samphel The Asia Times Online December 16, 2013 China’s anti-splitism bureaucracy is up in arms. This time the Chinese Communist Party bureaucracy’s fight against separatists is turning against scholars within party think tanks who dare to suggest accommodation and reconciliation with the Dalai Lama is needed for when the time comes to […]

China needs to change view of Tibet

China needs to change view of Tibet

  By Abanti Bhattacharya Asia Times Online December 4, 2013 The source of the problem in India-China relations is not Tibet. The problem is rooted essentially in how China perceives Tibet. China’s flawed perception on Tibet both colors and distorts its relationship with India. For India, the intractable border dispute is the primary issue inhibiting […]

Tibet’s quiet militarization rings a loud bell across Asia

Tibet’s quiet militarization rings a loud bell across Asia

  OMER AZIZ The Globe and Mail (Canada) Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 For the past two years, the Asia-Pacific region has been central to both the Obama administration and the Harper government’s Asia strategies. The multiplicity of states, increasing economic potential, and a general shift of power eastward have made the Asia-Pacific region vital to […]

Desperation in Tibet - NYT Editorial

Desperation in Tibet – NYT Editorial

  By THE EDITORIAL BOARD The New YOrk Times November 29, 2013 On Nov. 11, Tsering Gyal, a 20-year-old Tibetan Buddhist monk, set himself on fire in China’s Qinghai Province. Mr. Gyal’s death brings the number of Tibetans who have self-immolated since 2009 to 123. Letters some have left and eyewitness accounts of dying words […]

With the Third Plenum Xi Jinping Says He Is His Own Man

With the Third Plenum Xi Jinping Says He Is His Own Man

  On Tibet, Will Xi Leave the Last Word on Tibet to a Dead Man? By Thubten Samphel* tibet.net November 19, 2013 The international verdict on the outcome of the third plenum of the 18th congress of the Chinese communist party held from 9 to 12 November is out.   The verdict both within China and […]

Moving Past the Wreckage of China’s Tibet Policy  -  Allen Carlson

Moving Past the Wreckage of China’s Tibet Policy – Allen Carlson

  By Allen Carlson March 29, 2013 Beijing should give consideration to re-starting a process of engaging the Dalai Lama in dialogue, one that might even result in his return to Tibet. March 10th, the anniversary of the uprising that led to the Dalai Lama’s flight from Tibet in 1959, has come and gone. While […]

China’s failing policy in Tibet is ‘self-defeating’  - Sophie Richardson

China’s failing policy in Tibet is ‘self-defeating’ – Sophie Richardson

by Sophie Richardson How badly does the Chinese government really want to stop Tibetan self-immolations? A campaigner suggests that the rhetoric from Beijing does not match the reality of draconian policy programmes To hear senior Chinese officials speak of “innocents” who died in flames, you might think the government is really concerned. Even as the […]

Tibet’s Voice of Realism

Tibet’s Voice of Realism

Pico Iyer The Cairo Review of Global Affairs February 10, 2013 http://www.aucegypt.edu/gapp/cairoreview/Pages/articleDetails.aspx?aid=299 China needs Japan, Japan needs China,” the 14th Dalai Lama declared, with immovable conviction, as I listened to him in a sunlit conference room in Yokohama last November, a great Ferris wheel turning outside and a jungle of high-rising grey skyscrapers presiding over the […]