Caution Over Possible Shift in Tibet Policy

Reports of a relaxation of anti-Dalai Lama policies in Sichuan, Qinghai and even the Tibetan Autonomous Region surfaced last week, only to be swiftly denied by both government and monastery officials. Tibetan writer Woeser added...

HRW: End Involuntary Resettlement of Tibetans

Tantalizing signs have recently emerged of possible change in China’s Tibet policy: arguments by a Central Party School scholar, a visit to Tibet this week by U.S. ambassador Gary Locke, and reports that strictly religious...

Dalai Lama: Self-Immolations “Very Very Sad”

The Dalai Lama on Thursday said that Tibetan self-immolations have had little impact on Chinese policies. From Reuters: “It’s a sad thing that happens. Of course it’s very very sad. In the meantime, I express I...

Christian Fundamentalists Targeting Tibetans

While some Christian missionaries in China aim to fill spaces left by the suppression of traditional values and decline of Maoism, others work to convert members of already beleaguered minority cultures such as Tibetan Buddhism....

Putting Tibet Back On The Map

One of the central grievances behind recent unrest in Tibet is the marginalization of Tibetan language. While Tibetan is not among the 40% of China’s minority languages already threatened with extinction, policies such as...

TVs, Satellite Dishes Confiscated in Tibetan Areas

Authorities in Qinghai are increasing patrols, confiscating TVs, dismantling satellite dishes and tightening travel restrictions in Tibetan areas in response to recent self-immolations and general unrest. From Brian Spegele at...

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