Chinese authorities stage events in Tibet marking 70th year of People’s Republic of China

Thousands of monks and laypeople across Tibet have been roped into participating in a series of major staged performances symbolic of the Communist Party’s control over their lives as Chinese authorities mark the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on Oct. 1, known as National Day. The celebrations focused on “telling the story of the Communists” and erasing the stories of the Tibetans.

Oslo Snubs the Dalai Lama

Op-ed by ICT’s President Matteo Mecacci and ICT’s board member Ellen Bork, published by the Wall Street Journal on the Norwegian government’s refusal to meet with the Dalai Lama.

One of Tibet`s longest-serving political prisoner released after 17 years

One of Tibet’s longest-serving political prisoners, Jigme Gyatso, has been released from prison after 17 years. During his imprisonment he endured severe torture on several occasions and was imprisoned in Gutsa detention center and also in Drapchi and Chushur prisons in Lhasa. Images received from Tibet show Tibetans waiting to welcome him back to his home area in the Tibetan area of Amdo following his release on March 31.

China’s new leadership and Tibet

  The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) announced its new ‘Fifth Generation’ leadership on November 15, with Xi Jinping appointed as Party Secretary and head of the CCP Central Military Commission in a once-in-a-decade leadership transition. Members of the new seven-member Standing Committee of the Politburo headed by Xi are older, conservative, and associated with harsh …

Chinese authorities offer large rewards for information on ‘black hand’ behind Tibetan self-immolations

Chinese security authorities have posted notices today in the Labrang area offering substantial rewards for information about “black hand” behind four recent Tibetan self-immolations in Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. Reports from Labrang today indicate an intense military buildup in the town of Labrang and Labrang Tashikyil monastery, which is one of the most important and …

State media confirms Xi Jinping in Lhasa for celebrations

 Reports in China’s official media confirm that Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping is currently in Lhasa, leading a central government delegation of 59 senior Party, government and military officials – including Chen Bingde, the People’s Liberation Army Chief of Staff – to “attend a series of celebrations” marking the 60th anniversary of the signing of …

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 …

No progress in eighth round of dialogue as Chinese reject autonomy proposal

Chinese official Zhu Weiqun today categorically denounced an autonomy proposal presented by the Dalai Lama’s envoys during the eighth round of dialogue last week in an uncompromising stance that counters the hopes of Tibetans for genuine autonomy in their homeland (see Xinhua). By rejecting the Dalai Lama’s Middle Way approach as “disguised independence” and openly …