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Chinese Artist Depicts Tibetan Protesters

March 19, 2013

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Self-immolations by Tibetan monks have spiked with China’s leadership change. Beijing continues to ignore their message. BEIJING — On the fifth anniversary of violent protests against Chinese rule in Lhasa, Tibet, authorities are still grappling with unrest and a wave of self-immolations in Tibetan areas of China. One Beijing-based artist is trying to commemorate the lost […]

Statement of Sikyong on 54th Tibetan National Uprising Day

March 10, 2013

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On this day in 1959, thousands of Tibetans from all walks of life and all three regions of Tibet (U-Tsang, Kham and Amdo) converged in Lhasa to resist and protest the Chinese invasion and occupation of Tibet. We are the children of this tragic yet historic moment in Tibet’s rich, unique, 2,000-plus year history. Today, […]

The limits of despair

March 8, 2013

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Five years after an explosion of unrest on the Tibetan plateau, the region is again in crisis. This time the world is looking away INSIDE a small monastery in China’s Qinghai province, a red-robed monk looks around to see if he is being watched, then begins sobbing. “We just want the Dalai Lama to come […]

Tibetan gets 13 years for inciting self-immolation

February 8, 2013

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BEIJING — A Chinese court on Friday sentenced a man to 13 years in prison for inciting an ethnic Tibetan monk to set himself on fire, the latest punishment meted out in a crackdown as Chinese authorities try to stop a string of self-immolation protests that has reached almost 100 incidents. The monk in China’s […]

China sentences two Tibetans over self-immolation protests

January 31, 2013

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A Chinese court on Thursday (Jan. 31, 2013) sentenced a Tibetan man to death with a two-year reprieve, convicting him of “inciting” eight people to carry out self-immolation protests last year. In the first major case involving self-immolation protests that have spread across Tibetan areas in recent months, Lorang Konchok (40), a monk in the […]

‘The Tibetan Cause Is Not Hopeless’

November 30, 2012

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The cause of Tibetan independence is not hopeless, Lobsang Sangay, leader of the Tibetan government-in-exile, said in an interview Thursday. “There is hope, primarily because of the Tibetan spirit and their continuing assertion of identity, and the sense of unity and solidarity inside and outside of Tibet has never been stronger,” Mr. Sangay said. Mr. […]

Tibetan Student Protests Spread

November 29, 2012

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Chinese police beat up and detain demonstrators following another self-immolation. Tibetan student protests against Chinese rule spread Wednesday in Qinghai province as another Tibetan burned himself to death to signal opposition to Beijing’s policy. Students from the Tsolho Technical School in Chabcha (in Chinese, Gonghe) county in the Tsolho (Hainan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture stormed out […]

Tibetan Students in West China Clash With Police

November 27, 2012

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Four more ethnic Tibetans have self-immolated to protest Chinese rule and at least 20 were hospitalized after clashing with police in a protest over a government booklet calling the Tibetan language irrelevant, a report and exile groups said Tuesday. More than 80 Tibetans in China have set themselves on fire since 2009 in protest against […]

Will China’s new leaders change Tibet policy?

November 26, 2012

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As China’s new leaders prepared to take the reins of power earlier this month in Beijing, a shocking event was unfolding 2,000 km away. In the mountainous region of western Sichuan, on the Tibetan plateau, three teenage Tibetan monks set themselves on fire on the eve of the Communist Party congress. According to London-based activist […]

Tibetan’s Self-Immolation Toll Hits 80

November 24, 2012

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An ex-monk is the latest to burn himself in protest against Chinese rule. The number of Tibetan self-immolation protests against Chinese rule has hit the 80 mark with another burning reported in Gansu province, according to sources Friday. Former monk Tamdin Kyap, 23, burned himself to death in Luchu (in Chinese, Luqu) county in the […]

Self-immolations in Tibet: who is to blame for the stalemate?

November 23, 2012

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Although the number of self-immolations is rising at an exponential and very disturbing rate in Tibet, the crisis is gradually reaching a stalemate. With no change in the horizon and less attention being paid by foreign media and governments, more and more people outside Tibet are expressing doubts about the effectiveness of such protests and […]

How U.S. ‘Pivot’ Could Hurt Reform in China

November 23, 2012

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U.S. President Barack Obama visited Myanmar on Monday in an historic trip many hope will hasten political and economic reforms already under way there. >> U.S. pivot bumps Asian economic reality What role does the U.S. have to play in promoting political reform in Myanmar’s big neighbor to the north? According to some Chinese with […]

Dispute Threatens Support for Tibetan Exiles in U.S. Congress

November 22, 2012

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China’s checkbook diplomacy has succeeded in unseating Jigme Ngapo, the longtime chief of the Tibetan-language service of Radio Free Asia A dispute between Tibet’s prime minister-in-exile and one of his movement’s leading American supporters threatens to undermine U.S. political support for the Tibetan exile cause. In a letter to Lobsang Sangay this week, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher […]

Tibetans’ self-immolation continues

November 21, 2012

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The recent surge in self-immolations by Tibetans protesting Beijing’s policies has continued unabated. At least 76 Tibetans have self-immolated since 2009. Most recently, 25-year-old Wangchen Norbu set himself on fire in Qinghai on Monday. From Voice of America: Sources in the region say that Norbu set himself ablaze near Kangtsa Gaden Choephelling Monastery and shouted slogans calling for the […]

Now The Hard Part Begins: The China Challenge

November 21, 2012

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Xi Jinping has taken the reins of the Communist Party. With multiple domestic and international challenges mounting, there is much to be done. Relativity is the key concept in measuring the success of China’s power transition.  By this standard, one has to grudgingly congratulate the Chinese Communist Party for producing its first-ever, nominally at least, […]

In Tibet: Protests and Self-Immolations Continue

November 17, 2012

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During the 18th Party Congress in Beijing, a total of eleven Tibetans set themselves on fire, bringing the total thus far to an estimated 74 individuals. The self-immolations are undoubtedly an embarrassment to Chinese leaders, who were hoping to keep the spotlight focused on their once-in-a-decade political transition of power. Hu Jintao did not directly […]

From Dharamshala to Bern, Tibet activists intensify campaign

November 17, 2012

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DHARAMSHALA, November 16: With the alarming escalation in the ongoing wave of self-immolation protests inside Tibet, Tibetans and supporters in various parts of the world have intensified their campaigns, bringing the Tibet crisis to the doors of Chinese embassies and UN offices. In the Tibetan exile headquarters of Dharamshala, a large number of Tibetans today […]

British Buddhist monk self-immolates at French monastery

November 16, 2012

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A British monk died in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in France after he poured petrol over his clothes and set himself alight, police said. The 38-year-old Briton, who police did not name, had been living at Nalanda monastery near the southwestern village of Labastide-Saint-Georges for the past five years. He carried out the act on […]

China pushes ‘progress, constant progress’

November 15, 2012

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BEIJING – Billionaire developer Pan Shiyi toasted VIP guests on the rooftop of his latest, space-age property, in sight of storied buildings from China’s imperial past and communist present. The curving Galaxy Soho, designed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, opened last month with a “creativity celebration” for Beijing’s movers and shakers. China is enjoying a […]

Tibet Is the Test of China’s Rise

November 15, 2012

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U.S. President Barack Obama’s decision to visit Asia, his first foreign trip after re-election, reaffirms his administration’s foreign policy pivot to Asia. The tour will attract a lot of attention throughout the region, but especially in Tibet. Mr. Obama will visit Cambodia and Thailand, two predominantly Buddhist countries, and will be the first sitting American […]

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