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China Seizes On a Dark Chapter for Tibet

The New York Times revisits the history of the British in Gyantse, Tibet and looks at how the government is trying to shape the narrative: These days, Gyantse resembles other towns in central Tibet. Its dusty roads are lined...

China Warns Obama not to Meet Dalai Lama

Already upset over the the Obama administration’s planned arms sale to Taiwan, Beijing has warned President Obama against meeting with the Tibetan spiritual leader as planned. From the BBC: Mr Zhu [Zhu Weiqun, executive...

Course Correction

Newsweek reports on Beijing’s new approach toward Tibet, almost two years after deadly riots engulfed Lhasa: “…Though local riots looked bad in the press, they never really threatened control of Tibet. And the...

Obama Officials Meet Dalai Lama in India

China has reacted angrily to a meeting between Obama administration officials and the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India. From Xinhua: According to media reports, three top aides to U.S. President Barack Obama, met the Dalai Lama...

Robert Barnett: A Way out of Tibet’s Morass

Tibet expert Robert Barnett offers his suggestions of how both sides can work to increase understanding and decrease tensions over Tibet: Western governments have been accused of interference, but it is unlikely that any want to...

Ian Buruma: China’s Burden

Ian Buruma writes in the Guardian about the various arguments on both sides of the TIbet issue, and brings in another perspective: But the Chinese have another argument up their sleeve, which seems more plausible (and more...

Pico Iyer: ‘A Hell on Earth’

Writer Pico Iyer, who last year published a book about the Dalai Lama, writes in the New York Review of Books about his observations while traveling with the Tibetan leader in Japan: As I watched and listened to him speak, day...

Dialogue on Tibet: Past, Present and Future

While those at the polar ends of the Tibet debate may see it as a black and white issue, a few efforts have been made recently to show the complexity of the problems involved. China Pictorial, an official travel and photography...

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