Xi Jinping cements grip on power at Party Congress: new leaders revealed and their influence on Tibet policy

China’s 19th Party Congress came to a close last week, revealing a new leadership committee and breaking with tradition by not including a clear successor to Party Secretary and President Xi Jinping. The new configuration cements Xi Jinping’s grip on power for the next five years and potentially beyond, with Xi’s ideology approved for incorporation into the Party Constitution as ‘Xi Jinping thought’

China’s revised religious regulations threaten survival of Tibetan Buddhism

Revised Chinese government regulations on religion consolidate far-reaching powers of the Communist Party state over people’s lives and beliefs, and are a further threat to the continued survival of Tibetan Buddhism in Tibet. The revised rules on religious activity, issued by the Chinese State Council on September 7, 2017, conflate peaceful religious practice with ‘threats’ …

Tibet locked down and travellers banned during sensitive anniversary

Tour operators have announced the closure of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) to tourists again next month, coinciding with the anniversary of the Tibetan Uprising in March 1959 and the related protests across Tibet in March 2008.

Thousands of Tibetans gather across Tibet to mark prayer festival; lockdown of TAR to foreign tourists

Last week, Tibetans across Tibet marked the last day of an important religious festival, gathering in the thousands at monasteries despite the deployment of large numbers of uniformed and plainclothes paramilitary police. Meanwhile, the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) closes to foreigners until the end of March, an annual lockdown coinciding with the March 10 anniversary of the Tibetan Uprising in 1959.