Opinions

Trouble brews for China in Xinjiang

Trouble brews for China in Xinjiang

Claude Arpi, The Asian Age | March 23, 2017

The identity of the attackers was not disclosed,” but they were obviously Uyghurs.

In August 2016, at the end of the annual closed-door meeting held at the beach resort of Beidaihe, an official statement announced that Zhang Chunxian would be replaced by Chen Quanguo as party secretary of the restive Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). Mr Chen was then serving as party boss in the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR), where he had shown his skills to “pacify” the restive Tibetans.

An Open Letter by Concerned Tibetan Students/Researchers in Exile

By Lobsang Tenchoe We are writing this with utmost concern about the recent development in Dharamsala regarding the resolution taken by a group (བོད་ཀྱི་རྩ་དོན་གླིང་སྐད་འཕྲིན་ཚོགས་པ།) and an association (དྷ་ས་ས་གནས་མདོ་སྨད་རྒྱུན་ལས།) ་to concert an effort to ostracize and demonize Lukar Jam from exile Tibetan community on the basis of his recent poem, perceived by many including us as an unnecessary jibe on H.H. […]

India needs to be wary of two-faced China

India needs to be wary of two-faced China

While Beijing projects a mild face abroad, it has not been so ‘normal’ at home.  Claude Arpi, DailyO.in | February 7, 2017 In the ski resort of Davos in Switzerland, President Xi Jinping of China surprisingly defended globalisation and free trade. In his address to the World Economic Forum, Xi asserted: “Countries should view their own interest in the broader […]

The Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau lies between the Himalayan range to the south and the Kunlun Range to the north. Map by Lencer, Wikipedia Commons.

Where Do The US Presidential Candidates Stand On Tibet? – OpEd

By N. S. Venkataraman, Eurasia Review | September 5, 2016

When President Obama received the Dalai Lama through the back door in his office a few months back, many eyebrows were raised. Many people justifiably thought that President Obama lacked the courage of conviction to receive the Dalai Lama properly in a manner befitting his stature and reputation as a man of peace.

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The West kowtows to China through self-censorship

Teng Biao, The Washington Post |July 28, 2016

Two years ago, I was invited by the American Bar Association to prepare a manuscript for a book to be titled “Darkness Before Dawn.”

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An Example for David Cameron to Follow on China

BENEDICT ROGERS, The Wall street Journal |July 4, 2016 Britain could learn a lot from the way Germany broaches the subject of human rights with Beijing.  German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke out again in May on China’s deteriorating human-rights situation. She was on her ninth visit to China, and as she has done on most of her visits, she met […]

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Fabricating aspirations of Tibetan protesters by outsiders

By Kalsang Dhondup | June 6, 2016 Being the voice for a voiceless people is a great service but being a false voice is a grave crime. For many years, westerners have tried to be the voice for marginalized people and have written extensively for academic purposes or otherwise. Some of those works are worthy to be heard, yet many […]

Why I won’t vote in the Final Sikyong Election

By Choenyi Woser|February 29, 2016 (Translated from the original text in Tibetan) In this year’s election for the post of Sikyong, we have had five candidates. Out of them, Lukar Jam stood for Tibetan independence. The rest of them—all Middle-Way advocates seeking Tibetan autonomy within the framework of Chinese constitution—went out of their ways to demonize Lukar Jam for ‘disrespecting’ […]

Tyranny of the Tibetan Majority

Our exile system of government claims to be a democracy, but recent events have proven it to be quite the opposite. Yes, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has brought about a fundamental change in the system of government, transitioning from a theocracy to a parliamentary theocracy, to one that he hoped, after the devolvement of his political power, would become a truly democratic one. The truth is that we have failed to make his vision of a democratic and pluralistic exile community a living reality.

‘Arbitrary’ dance of Tibetan democracy

‘Arbitrary’ dance of Tibetan democracy

Tashi Shitsetsang | November 7, 2015 The preliminary election of Sikyong (Tibetan Political leader) and members of the 16th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile recently took place across the globe. I felt very excited to make use of my rights as a Tibetan Green Book holder for the first time. I was ready to finally embrace our democracy, but what awaited me was […]