Choosing the direct, democratic approach

Chris Patten understates the nature of US engagement on the issue of Tibet, an engagement that the EU could learn from, write ICT’s EU Policy Director Vincent Metten in this opinion piece published by Politico.

The Obama-Dalai Lama meeting should inspire European leaders

The meeting between US President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama should inspire European leaders not to shun the Tibetan leader, argues ICT’s EU Policy Director Vincent Metten in this opinion piece published by Euractiv.

Statement of the Danish Foreign Minister on the resumption of China-Tibet dialogue

Dialogue between Tibet and China In connection with the resumption of negotiations between representatives of the Dalai Lama and China, the Foreign Minister states: “I am very satisfied that the negotiations between representatives of the Dalai Lama and China have now been resumed after a 15 months break. I therefore again call on both parties …

EU-China Dialogue on Human Rights

On 20 November 2009 the European Union and the People’s Republic of China held the 28th round of the EU-China Dialogue on Human Rights in Beijing. The Dialogue provided a platform for a frank exchange of views between the People’s Republic of China and the EU on a wide range of human rights issues. The …

Parliamentary Motion in UK on executions in Lhasa

The Tibet Society in the UK has announced that Harry Cohen, Chair of the UK’s All Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet, with cross party support, has tabled an Early Day Motion in the UK parliament related to what it calls the ‘deplorable judicial executions’ of two Tibetans on 20 October 2009. Cross party MPs from …

British Foreign Office statement on execution of Tibetans

In a statement on the UK Foreign Office website and the website of the UK Beijing Embassy, Foreign Office Minister Ivan Lewis condemned the execution of two Tibetans in Lhasa and called on China to urgently review the cases of those who remain under sentence of death. He said: “I condemn the recent executions in …

European Economic and Social Committee: Initial conclusions on Tibet visit

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) recently concluded its visit to China and Tibet and has released their initial findings from the trip to Beijing and Lhasa. The mission, from the 9-17 September, focused on the role and expertise of civil society in increasing knowledge about the economic and social situation in Tibet, as …

UK parliament calls for retention of EU-China arms embargo

The British parliamentary committee on arms export controls has just completed and published a scrutiny of the UK’s arms sales in which it raises the issue of the EU-China Arms Embargo and calls for the embargo to remain in place. The arms embargo was enacted following the Chinese government’s violent response to the Tiananmen protesters …

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 …

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.