Tuesday , March 28. 2017

Commentaries & Opinions

5 Things to Know About China’s Xi Jinping

Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/briefly/2015/08/30/5-things-to-know-about-chinas-xi-jinping/ 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 http://www.hindustantimes.com/books/book-review-the-noodle-maker-of-kalimpong-is-gripping/article1-1377836.aspx 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: YOU ARE NOT WHO YOU SAY YOU ARE

  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?

  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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Tibet Tweets to China and China Tweets Back

  By Thubten Samphel, The Huffington Post April 29, 2014 Official Chinese view of the Dalai Lama is well known. Successive party officials have called the Tibetan leader a “wolf in monk’s robes” or “a devil with a human face, but with a heart of a beast.” On the other …

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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 …

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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. …

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