Friday , November 27. 2015

Commentaries & Opinions

Tibet, Taiwan and China – A Complex Nexus

A pro-Tibet rally in Taipei

Image Credit: REUTERS/Pichi Chuang

Recent developments in cross-strait relations raise interesting questions for Tibet’s leadership in exile. November 24, 2015: The historic meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou is relevant to the Tibet issue in many ways. In 1979, when the post-Mao Chinese leadership decided to “solve old problems,” …

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India, Tibet and China Assertion of China’s Spiritual Sovereignty

Armed Chinese PLA soldiers walk past ethnic Tibetan graffiti in Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan province on January 27. Chinese police shot dead another Tibetan protester in the restive Sichuan province, rights groups said Friday, bringing to at least three the number killed in deadly clashes this week. / AFP Photo

Article Source: (Source) Author: Thupten Samphel. October 26, 2016: The importance of the Tibetan plateau to Asia is threefold: geopolitical, cultural and environmental. What China does or does not do in Tibet has geopolitical, cultural and environmental consequences for the rest of Asia. Geopolitically, Tibet served as an effective buffer …

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The Tibetan Argument for Autonomy

Chinese paramilitary police march during a flag raising ceremony near Potala Palace in Lhasa, capital of Tibet/AP Photo.

Tenzin Norgay, The Diplomat, September 30, 2015 Fifty years after the creation of the Tibet Autonomous Region, it is time for Tibet to have true autonomy. Earlier this month, Beijing marked the fiftieth anniversary of establishment of the Tibet Autonomous Region with a mass spectacle in Lhasa designed to showcase its powerful …

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Less snow in Tibet means more heatwaves in Europe

Tibet's landscape

Worsening heatwaves in Europe and north-east Asia are linked to thinner snowcover on the Tibetan Plateau, highlighting its key role in global weather systems, a study by Chinese scientists finds. Author: Beth Walker, Source: Recent summer heatwaves in Europe and northeast Asia have caused massive water shortages and a large number …

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Why Tibet Could Be the Best Opportunity for Xi Jinping


Co-authored by Bhuchung Tsering, Vice President, International Campaign for Tibet On September 24 later this month, China’s President Xi Jinping will arrive in Washington to meet President Obama for an important state visit. The context is a growing alarm about China’s less than peaceful rise, and provides a rare opportunity …

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5 Things to Know About China’s Xi Jinping


Source: Xi Jinping took the reins of China’s Communist Party nearly three years ago and consolidated power across the military and officialdom much more rapidly than expected. Mr. Xi has shaken up the ruling elite with an aggressive anti-corruption campaign. He’s also asserted China’s global influence more forcefully, from …

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Book review: The Noodle Maker of Kalimpong is gripping


Thubten Samphel, Hindustan Times The Noodle Maker of Kalimpong recounts the contradictory twists and turns in the desperate last-ditch efforts by Tibet to survive as a culture and people. The story is told by Gyalo Thondup, the older brother of the Dalai Lama and a key figure in the …

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Zhu Weiqun, director of the Committee for Ethnic and Religious Affairs of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference

  By Thubten Samphel (Director of the Tibetan Policy Institute based in Dharamsala, India) June 20, 2014 What’s happening to our man in Beijing? Zhu Weiqun is on the warpath again. His ramblings on the Middle-Way Policy are getting even more frenzied by the day. Whenever he is in the …

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Does China Plan to Do Away with Its Minorities?

Thubten Samphel, Executive Director of Tibet Policy Institute, a think tank that functions as a research-oriented intellectual platform for the Central Tibetan Administration.

  By Thubten Samphel The Huffington Post May 20, 2014 During a visit this week to the Tibetan countryside of Dechen in Yunnan, Yu Zhengsheng, a member of the standing committee of the Politburo of the Chinese Communist Party and chairman of China’s top advisory body, assured Tibetan Buddhist leaders …

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