Biden’s Tibet Stance Draws Criticism Despite Signing Landmark Act

By Tsering Choephel

DHARAMSALA, 18 July: The New York and New Jersy Chapter of the Tibetan National Congress has written to US President Joe Biden in protest of his reiterating the US policy that recognises Tibet as part of China while announcing the passage of the “Promoting a Resolution to the Tibet-China Dispute Act” on 12 July.

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CTA President: Despite Challenges, Back-Channel Negotiations with China Persist, with No Expectations

By Tsering Choephel

DHARAMSALA, 18 July: The most recent round of back-channel negotiations between the Tibetan government-in-exile and Beijing happened “at the beginning of this month”, said Penpa Tsering, the President of the Tibetan government-in-exile now known as Central Tibetan Administration (CTA).

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Former Chinese Teacher Testifies: Heartbroken, Helpless, But Not Surprised by Forceful Closure of Gang Jong Sherig Norbu Ling School

DHARAMSALA, 17 July: “I felt heartbroken and helpless, but I was not surprised,” said Ginger Duan, a former Chinese computer teacher at the renowned Ragya Jigme Gyaltsen Nationalities Vocational High School in Golok, in the traditional Tibetan Province of Amdo, after the Chinese authorities forcefully shut down the school on 12 July.

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Rangzen conference urges CTA to revert its Middle Way Policy to complete independence for Tibet

By Tsering Choephel

DHARAMSALA, 16 July: A four-point statement and a nine-point resolution were released Monday at the conclusion of the 7th International Rangzen Conference, held in Toronto, Canada, from July 13th to 15th.

Brad Redkopp, a sitting member of the Canadian Parliament, attended the conference as the chief guest, with seven members of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile attending the opening ceremony as special guests. Approximately 250 people gathered on the day, and nearly 200 individuals from the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, and India participated in the three-day conference.

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China Shuts Down Award-Winning Tibetan School Amid Sinicization Efforts

By Tsering Choephel

DHARAMSALA, 15 July: The Chinese Communist Government on 12 July shut down the renowned Ragya Jigme Gyaltsen Nationalities Vocational High School in Golok, in the traditional Tibetan Province of Amdo, while on the same day, US President Joe Biden signed the historic Tibet Resolve Act into US law. In a video circulating online of the closing ceremony held at the school, teachers and pupils, both lay and ordained, can be seen crying and grieving over the forced closure of their school.

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Tibetan Netizens Confront Douyin’s Ban on Tibetan Language

By Tsering Choephel

DHARAMSALA, 8 July: The high restrictions on the use of the Tibetan language on Douyin, China’s most popular short video app, have sparked questions and criticisms from Tibetan netizens. One Tibetan, Youga Ga, queried, “I question whether Douyin holds more power and authority than the nation and the legal system. Is Douyin more powerful than the state? What is the reality here?” in a video online a week ago. Another Tibetan netizen, in a video circulating online since Sunday, supported Youga’s accusation after his livestream too was stopped for using Tibetan.

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Hundreds Gathered at Tsuklakhang to celebrate Dalai Lama’s 89th Birthday

By Tsering Choephel

DHARAMSALA, 6 July: Hundreds of Tibetans gathered today at the Tsuklakhang courtyard as the Central Tibetan Administration celebrated the 89th birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Prem Singh Tamang, the Chief Minister of Sikkim, was the chief guest, and several other special guests including Member of Lok Sabha Arunachal Pradesh Shri Tapir Gao; Speaker of the Sikkim Legislative Assembly Mingma Norbu Sherpa; and Bhutila Karpoche, Deputy Speaker of the Ontario State Parliament, were also present at the celebration.

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