An uncertain Welcome: How China’s Influence impacts Tibetans in Nepal

KATHMANDU: The wave of protests against Chinese rule that began in Tibet in March 2008 and the resulting crackdown transformed the political landscape – and made a dramatic impact on the situation for Tibetans across the border in Nepal. In an attempt to prevent pro-Tibet protests in Nepal, the Chinese authorities stepped up their efforts …

FM spokesman: China opposes Paris mayor awarding Dalai Lama ‘honorary citizen’

China on Tuesday protested the awarding of “honorary citizen” to the Dalai Lama by Paris mayor, saying it posed “grave interference in Sino-French relations”. “We feel strongly disgruntled and is resolutely opposed to Paris’ award for the Dalai Lama, regardless of China’s opposition,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang. Earlier reports said that Paris …

Europe needs a new approach to human rights in China

Tiananmen Square marked a turning point not only in China’s political evolution, but in its relations with the rest of the world. The violent suppression of student demonstrators put a sudden stop to the peaceful opening up and engagement with the West which Deng Xiaoping had pioneered throughout the 80’s. Europe and the US immediately …

Dalai Lama’s Statement on the 20th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Students’ Democracy Movement

The Dalai Lama has released a statement on the 20th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Students’ Democracy Movement. The Dalai Lama honoured those who died “in defence of the Chinese people’s constitutional rights, in favour of democracy”. He also expressed his hope that a “policy of openness and realism can lead to greater trust and …

Clouds over Tibet

China is reluctant to find solutions to difficult problems, writes ICT’s EU Policy Director Vincent Metten in this oped published by Politico.

Bold report by Beijing scholars reveals breakdown of China’s Tibet policy

A bold and remarkable new report by a group of Chinese scholars in Beijing challenges the official position that the Dalai Lama “incited” the protests that broke out in Tibet in March 2008, and outlines key failings in the policy of the government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on Tibet. The report, which …

Europe needs a united front on Tibet

In the face of China’s consistently intense pressure, the EU needs to end its equivocation and put up a united front, writes ICT’s EU Policy Director Vincent Metten in this opinion piece published by Politico.

Dalai Lama ‘part of solution’ for China: Obama aide

China should see the Dalai Lama as “part of the solution” on Tibet instead of trying to isolate him, US President Barack Obama’s top Asia adviser said. Jeff Bader, senior director for Asia on the White House’s National Security Council, told the Committee of 100, a Chinese-American group, that it should use its influence in …

A Power Audit of EU-China Relations

China is exploiting the EU’s divisions and treating the 27-state bloc with “diplomatic contempt” on issues ranging from trade to the Dalai Lama, according to the authors of a new policy report by the European Council on Foreign Relations, a leading pan-European think-tank, in close cooperation with Asia Centre at Science Po.  Even though China …