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China’s dystopian push to revolutionize surveillance

Maya Wang, The Washington Post, Read the original story here As part of a new multimillion-dollar project in Xinjiang, the Chinese government is attempting to “build a fortress city with technologies.” If this sounds Orwellian, that’s because it is. According to the Sina online news portal, the project is supposed read more →

In Beijing’s thinking, the best weapons don’t win today’s wars, but the best narrative does

India and China are engaged in a military standoff over a disputed territory. Photo credit: Manish Swarup By Brahma Chellaney – The National – 19 August 2017 Donald Trump’s apocalyptic threats against North Korea have attracted much international attention but not China’s unceasing warmongering against India. As the face-off between read more →

Doklam then and now: from British to Chinese interests, follow the money

By Tsering Shakya, Published in South China Morning Post – 19 August 2017 On February 16, 1768, the Court of Directors of the East India Company in London wrote to Warren Hastings: “we desire you to obtain the best intelligence you can whether cloth and other European commodities may not read more →

FIRST Travel: Tibet – A land of revelations

By Victor Paul Borg,, Tibet is a series of stories stitched together by moments that are so ethereal that they feel like epiphanies. That’s how I picture things, when I close my eyes, as a kaleidoscope of revelations and sights gleaned from a dozen journeys in Tibet over the read more →

Japan backs India on Doklam issue

By ANI, DNA, Japan came out in full support for India in its protracted military stand-off with China at Doklam, near the Sikkim-Tibet-Bhutan trijunction, saying no country should use unilateral forces to change the status quo on the ground. Acknowledging the situation at the Doklam Plateau, Japanese Ambassador to India read more →

A Powerful China Won’t Respect India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, and President Xi Jinping during the BRICS Leaders Meeting with the BRICS Business Council in Goa, India, on Oct. 16, 2016. Photo: Associated Press By Sadanand Dhume – 16 August 2017 – Washington Post As India’s Himalayan border standoff with China enters its third month, read more →

How, far from Doklam, a second India-China battle of claims is on — over Tibet’s medicine

Commonly known as the Amchi system of medicine, it is believed to have originated in the 3rd century BC, and is one of the world’s oldest and best documented medical traditions. (Representational image) By Divya A, Indian Express – August 18, 2017 As Indian and Chinese troops face off at read more →

Xinjiang’s police hiring binge comes from party boss’s Tibet playbook

South China Morning Post, 17 August 2017 It’s been almost a year since Communist Party rising star Chen Quanguo took the reins of Xinjiang, China’s Uygur heartland, and police jobs have seen an explosive surge. In the past 11 months, more security staff jobs have been advertised than the combined read more →

Taiwan calls time on Mongolia and Tibet affairs commission

Lawrence Chung, South China Morning Post, 16 August 2017 After almost 90 years and a history that has mirrored many of the dramatic changes in the political landscape of contemporary China, Taiwan’s Mongolian and Tibetan Affairs Commission is set to close its doors. Taiwanese officials confirmed on Tuesday that the read more →

Shoalhaven visit by Tibetan president-in-exile Dr Lobsang Sangay

South Coast Tibetan Group president Phurbu Tsering (left) with Lhakpa Tsego, president-in-exile of Tibet (Central Tibetan Administration in India) Dr Lobsang Sangay and South Coast Tibetan Group vice-president Khonnyi Tsang Phurbu.   Published in South Coast Register – 15 August 2017 THE South Coast Tibetan Group has played host to read more →

Dalai Lama tickles Ramdev on the stage of World Peace & Harmony Conclave, yoga guru touches monk’s feet

News Nation Bureau, 13 August 2017 New Delhi :  An interfaith dialogue conclave on peace and harmony has been organised on Sunday by Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti in the heart of Mumbai. The 14th Dalai Lama, one of the important monks of the Gelug school has been seen giving speech on read more →

Dalai Lama-Baba Ramdev bonhomie: Smiles, jokes and beard yanking

Mumbai: Spiritual leader Dalai Lama and Baba Ramdev on Sunday oozed bonhomie and displayed their friendship for the world to see on the stage of the World Peace and Harmony Conclave here today. Both the leaders shared a rather light moment in midst of a serious discussion of world peace, read more →

Process to select the 15th Dalai Lama to begin in next one or two years: Dalai Lama

  Addressing the annual Rajendra Mathur memorial lecture organised by the Editor’s Guild of India on August 9, the Dalai Lama said the ‘preparation work’ to select his successor, the 15th Dalai Lama, will begin in as early as ‘one or two years’. By Sandeep Unnithan  | Posted by Ankit Misra read more →

Dalai Lama must come (Part 2)

With the controversy surrounding the Dalai Lama visit to Botswana gaining momentum, I took time to go through some historical archives and talk with some history scholars on whether Tibet has been an integral part of China or not. By Solly Rakgomo, Mmegi Online – 10 August 2017 I also read more →

Tibetan Prime Minister Lobsang Sangay apprises Australian MPs about rights violations

Newsx, 10 August 2017 Tibetan Prime Minister-in-exile Lobsang Sangay has apprised Australian parliamentarians about the “ongoing religious repression and violation of basic human rights in Tibet”, his office said on Thursday. Sangay briefed the human rights subcommittee of the Australian parliament on Wednesday in Canberra about the ground situation inside read more →

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