CHINA: Confused Approach To Minority Issues

BBhaskar Roy / April 4, 2014 /
Armed paramilitary policemen stand guard
at a crossing in front of Kunming railway station.
The recent (March 01) attack by eight Uighurs including two women at the Kunming railway station killing thirty people and injuring many more may suggest that the tactics of the Uighur separatists in the western region of Xinjiang may be changing. The Chinese police killed four of the attackers immediately, and has one in custody. Following the attack, leader of the Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP) Abdullah Mansuar, declared that this was a war against the Chinese by all Muslims and the fight will continue. Mansuar lives in the mountains of Pakistan bordering China. The Uighurs demand independence for Xinjiang which they call Eastern Turkistan.

An Alternate Tribute to Bapa Phuntsog Wangyal: A SLAVE MINDSET

Bapa Phuntsok Wangyal
By Vijay Kranti
April 2, 2014
I am an ardent admirer of the typical Tibetan tendency of kindness in day to day situations. Be it a common Tibetan's compassionate attitude towards a street dog or liberal cash alms even to an obvious cunning, professional beggar, I've always found my Tibetan friends more kind than I could have been in a similar situation.  But one thing which I've always found too difficult to swallow  is the community's, especially its leaders' tendency of doling out liberal praise to undeserving individuals. 

TIBET -- The Debacle of Salvation

By Londen Phuntsok
London Phuntsok
March 27, 2014

Tibet is not a subject of international relationship like it is to the international scholars, it’s not a religious issue like it is to many of the Dharma followers--Tibet for Tibetans is an identity issue--a legacy of distorted western concept of imperialism. And It is imperative for the Tibetans in exile, and its supporters to get it right!

The Young Husband’s expedition to Lhasa in 1904, the Jesuit priest’s mission to the forbidden land, the western traveler’s erotic obsession with Shangri-La, or drawing inferences from some Hollywood movies about the generalized enchantment of ‘God King’ His Holiness Dalai Lama, Tibet connotes gamut of wildly stereotypes. 

Chinese grip on Tibet and Buddhists

By Jayadeva Ranade
March 24, 2014
Jayadeva Ranade
After a hiatus of many months, there are indications to suggest that Beijing could be contemplating some initiative on the Tibet issue. These could comprise overtures to the Dalai Lama’s establishment in Dharamshala in conjunction with the ongoing efforts to acquire and consolidate influence among Tibetan Buddhists in Nepal and the Indo-Himalayan border belt, and efforts to strengthen the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) grip on the troubled [sic] Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) and Tibetan areas in adjoining provinces.

The Dragon Roars

By Rajaram Panda
March 20, 2014
On 5 March 2014, China announced a 12.2 per cent increase in its military budget for 2014 to 808.23 billion yuan ($132 billion). It marked the fourth consecutive year that China’s military spending has grown by double digits. But given the opaque nature of the Chinese system, the actual defence budget could be a lot more than what its official figures show. The US Defense Intelligence Agency had estimated in February 2014 that China’s actual defense budget in 2013 stood at $240 billion, about double the stated figure the current year. The official figures released by Beijing do not include the cost of new weapons purchases, research or other big-ticket items. By doing so, China is demonstrating the world that it has the long-term goal to emerge as a dominant military power in the Asia Pacific region. Viewed from this perspective, the increase was expected, though the actual figure could be much more.

Referendum in Crimea Grabs China By The Throat

By Claude Arpi / March 16, 2014 /
The Chinese President Xi Jinping, also Chairman of the Central Military Commission told the plenary session of the 12th National People’s Congress on March 11, “We expect peace, but we shall never give up efforts to maintain our legitimate rights, nor shall we compromise on our core interests, no matter when or in what circumstances.”

A Perilous Growth Rate in Tibet

By Rinzin Ngodup
Rinzin Ngodup
March 15, 2014

"China is not an inclusive economic institution, but an exclusive economic institution.  There is no property right in Tibet and a large number of forced-relocations are taking place every day, most particularly the Tibetan nomads, who are being the sole victim of this relocation policy of China."

Lobsang Sangay, An Empty Vessel

By Tendar Tsering
A thangka (portrait) of
H.H. the Dalai Lama,
 Gyalwa Karmapa,
His Eminence Sakya Trizin
and a photography of Dr. Lobsang Sangay
March 12, 2014 

Many thought Gyalwang Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, woud be the most revered Tibetan leader next  to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, but they were stunned back when Lobsang Sangay, a non-religious figure, a youth, a new face to the Tibetan community came up, and took the Dalai Lama’s position as head of the Tibetan political leader. 

After months of touring the Tibetan settlements in India, Europe and in the United States, Lobsang Sangay had become a people’s person and he won the election in 2011 as political leader of the six million Tibetans.

Han chauvinism hurts China’s ‘ethnic unity’

By Claude Arpi
March 12, 2014

Writer's NOTE-- After writing this, I came across an article published in It reported that
Claude Arpi
during the NPC's meeting, Zhang Chunxian stated that "technologies like breaking the Chinese Internet Great Firewall are contributing to an increase in the number of violent terrorist attacks."
Zhang made these comments in response to a question from the press asking for his opinion on the recent violent in Kunming. The remark of Xinjiang's Party boss triggered a large wave of criticism on the Chinese Internet. It is said that millions of Chinese netizens use various ways to bypass the 'Great Firewall' to access international websites blocked by Beijing. Wang's opinion was widely viewed as a typical 'evil position' against freedom of speech. Most of the websites that reported Zhang’s comments later removed his remarks.

Why Sikyong Sangay matters

By Lobsang Wangyal
March 10, 2014

There has been much musing over Sikyong Lobsang Sangay’s talk at the Council on
Lobsang Wangyal
Foreign Relations (CFR), a Washington DC academic institution, on 8 May 2013.
Sangay’s oratory has won him accolades, and the top position in the 2011 general elections of the exile Tibetans. His presentation at the CFR, that I saw on a video, was as usual, impressive and substantive. As the top political leader of the exile Tibetans and the head of the exile administration, he was asked to present the Tibetan case. Sangay spoke about the current political stand of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), which is the the “Middle-way” policy — that of not seeking independence but, in his own words: “genuine autonomy within the framework of the Chinese constitution”.