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Tianjin, China — US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman traveled to the People's Republic of China to meet with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Monday, July 26, 2021, and raised concerns about human rights violations in Tibet, Hong Kong and Eastern Turkestan.
Dharamshala, India — His Holiness the Dalai Lama has written to Maharashtra Chief Minister Udhav Thackeray to offer his prayers and concern over the news of loss of life, destruction of property and suffering of many people in the coastal areas of Maharashtra due to the devastating floods.
Dharamshala, India — “He is to me, the greatest human being alive today in the world," Professor Paramananda Sharma said as he shared his relationship with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in a documentary produced by Tibetan TV.
Dharamshala, India — His Holiness the Dalai Lama has written to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo to convey his concern over the news of the recent floods in Europe.
Dharamshala, India — Two Tibetans from eastern Tibet have been arrested by Chinese authorities for celebrating the 86th birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet.
Dharamshala, India — On July 13, 2021, as a part of a two-day online event, His Holiness the Dalai Lama gives his teachings based on a book written by Atisha 'Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment ' from his residence located in Dharamshala, India.
Brussels — The European Parliament is calling for a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics in response to China's rampant human rights violations, as well as sanctions against Hong Kong leaders, including Chief Executive Carrie Lam, for dismantling free society.
Dharamshala, India — Four Tibetan monks from Tengdro Monastery in Dingri County, Tibet, were arrested and imprisoned for 5 to 20 years for possessing cultural material, photos or literature related to His Holiness the Dalai Lama on social media and providing humanitarian aid to the Tibetan diaspora.
Dharamshala, India — While world leaders and celebrities around the globe extended their warm birthday wishes to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, top US politicians, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, State Department spokesperson Ned Price and Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, also extended congratulations on his 86th birthday.
Dharamshala, India – His Holiness the Dalai Lama engaged in a dialogue on Compassion in Healthcare with members of Dr Reddy's Laboratory on July 7, 2021. "Peace of mind is a key factor in having a healthy body," he said in an address to healthcare professionals via videoconference from his home in Dharamshala.
The spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai Lama gives an online talk on Well-being and Resilience followed by a question and answer session with students of the British School in New Delhi from his residence in Dharamsala, HP, India on January 22, 2021.
Dharamshala, India — The President of the Central Tibetan Administration Dr Lobsang Sangay gave an interview to the "NewsX", a news television channel in India on Jun 3, 2020. "What happened in Tibet 60 years ago, it is the incremental approach, it is the leadership coopetition and slowly steadily, they make all the intrusion, and soon you realise that your country is gone," President told the reporter.
The below is a rough transcript of NewsX's interview with Dr Lobsang Sangay, the President of the Tibetan government in-Exile, previously known the Government of Tibet.
What has been happening in Ladakh? Are you concerned at all that the incremental nature of the Chinese approach that eventually impacted Tibet? Maybe resurfacing?
Actually, you know what we have been saying for the last 60 years. What happened to Tibet could happen to India and all the neighboring countries. And what you see in Ladakh, its a repeatation, or what happened in Tibet 60 years ago, it is the incremental approach, it is the leadership coopetition and slowly steadily, they make all the intrusion, and soon you realise that your country is gone. So we have been a victim of China's occupation of Tibet. So the lesson that India and the leadership of India should learn is by closely studying the issue of Tibet.
Dr Sangay, at this point of time for viewers who are watching this. What is the situation in Tibet and in Lhasa?
Now there is political repression, cultural assimilation, environmental destruction, economic marginalisation, and all kinds of human rights violations. As you know, more than 100 Tibetans have committed self-immolation, burn themselves that demonstrate the desperation and determination of Tibetan people that they are protesting against the occupation of Tibet. They're saying occupation is unacceptable and repression is unbearable. That's why they're burning themselves and confronting self-immolation.
How much of the infrastructure China was building in the railways in the roadways that we know they have done and now they want to expand that into Kathmandu as I know you're aware how much of that has already happened?
You know this one Belt, One Road initiative, which is now expanded to all over the world. We have been the first victim, because initially when China built one road connecting China to Tibet, they said this will bring prosperity to Tibet and Tibetan people, you will benefit from this. In fact, we Tibetans helped to build those roads and our parents and grandparents were paid in silver coins. We sang a song, China's Communist Party is like-kind parents, they shower you with silver coins to help build a road connecting China to Tibet. Soon, that road paved the way for Chinese trucks to come, Chinese tanks to come, Chinese guns to come. That's how they occupied Tibet. Now the railway line has come. 30 airports have been built six major airfields are being built. All these roads from Tibet are connecting to Nepal and all the neighboring countries, the railway lines will follow suit. So this is the experience. We have witnessed it for over 60 years.
Dr Sangay, is the demographic change of getting in ethnic Chinese into Lhasa, Tibet?
That has been their policy, late Panchen Lama Rinpoche had submitted a 70,000 characters petition in 1962, three years before the Cultural Revolution, in which he said population transfer of bringing Chinese people into Tibet, to marginalise Tibetans in their own country was the practice in the 1960s. Now, fortunately, at the moment in Tibet, in urban areas, the Chinese tend to be the majority during summer. But in winter, many of them return and go back to China. So during winter, Tibetans are still the majority in Tibet. This is not the case simply optimal if you look at the Southeast Asian countries. This is like 20 years old data in the neighboring countries of Southeast Asia. They have built 300 plus high schools to be taught in the Chinese language. Now there are more Chinese in Kathmandu than Tibetans in Nepal. So the population transfer and migration of Chinese all over the world, including in Tibet, is part of the cultural assimilation. And part of how 1.4 billion Han Chinese tend to migrate and dominate and marginalise the Tibetans and other minorities.
What is your understanding, the difficult developments that many people globally are reticent to comment upon what has been happening with Uighurs in Xinjiang?
You know when Tibet was occupied, we've been making this noise, the human rights violation of Tibet should be a concern of the international community. the whole world said Tibet is an exception, what's happened in Tibet is wrong, but we can do business with China, we can have a normal relationship with China. Now in the last few years when they saw more than a million Uyghurs were put in concentration camps. The security law and denial of, right to freedom of speech in Hong Kong and interference in Taiwan. You can clearly see Tibet is not an exception, you're dealing with the regime and a system, which is systematic and sophisticated in undermining freedom in the neighboring places. Now, all over the world.
You mentioned this has been our experience, and let me pick that up, you mentioned the other developments the other immediate development of course taking place in Hong Kong. How are you viewing that?
Now, again, what's happened to Hong Kong already happened in Tibet before. So the Chinese line of the slogan is this, Hong Kong is part of China, Tibet is part of China, Taiwan is part of China Ladakh is part of China, but coronavirus is not part of China. Now, in broad daylight, the Communist Party of China is capable of misleading people. We all know that coronavirus originated in China. And everybody says so and more than 130 countries have passed a resolution to investigate the origin of coronavirus, but the Chinese government broad daylight says, No, it's not us.
Let me ask you, then about Taiwan, because the situation there has been very difficult now, many people are saying that look with 100 year anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party coming up next year. this is what they're doing it for?
Yes, I think Taiwan could be a flashpoint, Ladakh could be a flashpoint, in which China has been interfering in Taiwan. For so many decades, the democratic process, been compromised interference and election is part of the game plan. Now, Taiwan has performed so well. As far as dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. But then Taiwan was a member or affiliated with WHO till 2016. But given the recent performance on the coronavirus pandemic. They should be affiliated with WHO, but the Chinese government says no, they will not participate. So this is the bullying tactic or the strong hand tactical Chinese government all over the world, and we Tibetans have seen it, experience it for the last 60 years.
What do you make of the bill in the US Congress?
The one is by the congressman Scott Perry, supporting the independence of Tibet, and we welcome any support, on religious matter, environmental or human rights matter. But there is another bill. It's called the Tibetan policy and support Act, which was passed in the US House with 392 votes in support of the bill which is 95% of the house. Now the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is debating it and once they put in the vote that it will come to the floor of the Senate. If that passes, then President Trump signs it, it becomes a law that this is a major comprehensive detailed policy act for Tibet. On the other hand, the support for the independence of Tibet. It's a show of solidarity by a congressman and which has to move the US House of Foreign Relations Committee, we hope it will pass.
How frustrating is it, sir, when the world winds change, and certainly China's front and center? The voices of Tibet, certainly are heard again. And in the interim period are often ignored. How frustrating is it?
No, we are Buddhists, we don't go by frustration, we go with equanimity. This is our struggle. The term struggle is apt, it's a struggle on a daily basis, weekly basis, monthly basis. As long as you are at it with your movement with solidarity with Tibetan inside Tibet, our movement will be strong. So sometimes the international wave will come and support you, don't get too carried away, sometimes the international wave will not support you, you don't lose your heart. That's called equanimity in Buddhism. So that's our goal. As long as you believe in your cause, you fight, you will reach your goal, sooner than later.
Will any Tibetan, in your view sir ever accept the leadership of a Lama Lama, that China wants to choose?
Absolutely not. the Communist Party of China has zero credibility when it comes to religious matters. 98% of the monasteries and nunneries were destroyed, 99% of the monks and nuns were disrobed. Even now, they interfere in every religious matter. And they call themselves an atheists regime. If you don't believe in religion, why are they interfering in it, given the track record of destroying our monasteries and nunneries and vilifying and calling names of the His Holiness the Dalai Lama who is revered by the whole world? With such credibility, they have no role whatsoever in the reincarnation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
What message would you send sir, to the people of Nepal, as you will know that the road-building activity to link Lhasa to Kathmandu, is reaching an advanced edge, railway lines might follow next?
I don't know how much people or the government of Nepal will listen to me. But it's for India to consider. Nepal is the only other Hindu country in the world. Now the government there is leaning more towards the Communist Party of China. Then Tibetans there are suffering. Basic human rights are denied under the influence of the Chinese government as I said here. We also would like to tell the people of Nepal, that we have suffered. We have the first-hand experience under the occupation of China, repression of Tibetans continue even today. So they came with sweet words, some kind of proposal to peacefully liberate Tibet. It was a violent occupation and Tibetans continue to suffer now learn from us. Nepal, India, and the rest of the world, the sooner the better for you.
Dharamshala, India — On the occasion of India's 74th Independence Day, The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) under the leadership of President Dr Sangay highly praised the Indian government for its achievements and progress in socio-economic development.
As Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi addressed the nation promising to build new India, the nation under his leadership came together to celebrate its 74th Independence day with renewed zeal and fervor.
The President of the Tibetan government in-Exile joined world leaders Saturday in congratulating India and her people while expressing hope that India’s ‘achhe din'(good days) will definitely take place. A brief commemoration ceremony was held at the Kashag Secretariat in the presence of President Dr. Lobsang Sangay, Kalons, Secretaries, and senior officials of the CTA departments, according to the Tibetan official media.
The atmosphere charged up with patriotic spirit as the tricolor national flag was unfurled by President Dr Sangay followed by the singing of India’s national anthem. “On this joyous occasion, I would like to congratulate India and the people of India for its achievements and progress in socio-economic development,” the Tibetan President said.
“India has been very kind and its people have been very generous to the Tibetan people and the Tibetan cause for which we are eternally grateful”, Dr Sangay added. Addressing the recent border conflict at Galwan Valley, the democratically elected Tibetan leader Dr Sangay once again urged India to recognise Tibet as the buffer zone of peace between India and China for a lasting solution to border conflicts.
Dharamshala, India — Leading Tibetan NGOs said the Tibetan community stood by India and condemned China’s aggression on the Indian territory. At least 20 soldiers, including a Commanding Officer, lost their lives in the Galwan Valley, Ladakh, on Monday. This is one of the deadliest Chinese attacks on the Indian Army in 45 years.
The five prominent Tibetan groups including Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC), Students for a Free Tibet (SFT), National Democratic Party of Tibet (NDPT), Gu-Chu-Sum Movement Association of Tibet and the Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA), said they stand in solidarity with India and strongly condemn China over recent India-Tibet border clash.
The Tibetan groups jointly held a joint press conference on Thursday to condemn China for the recent attack at the Indo-Tibet border.
“As we pay tribute to the courage of the Indian soldiers and offer our condolences to the bereaved families, we call on world leaders and their government to stand with India against this illegal aggression by Chinese troops on Indian soil and work together to counter China’s expansionism” read the joint statement.
“We pay tribute to the martyrs and offer our condolences to the bereaved families. We call upon world leaders and governments to support India against the aggression by Chinese troops and work together to counter China’s expansionism,” the NGOs said.
Over 1.2 million Tibetans had died as a result of China’s occupation of Tibet. However, they had never wavered in their struggle against the occupation of their homeland, they said, adding: It was high time India recognised Tibet as an independent country occupied by China.
Dharamshala, India — "As we all know, the Communist Party of China celebrates its 100th founding anniversary. The Tibetan Youth Congress strongly condemns and criticizes its very existence," said the Tibet Youth Congress (TYC) while addressing the international community through the Facebook platform on Friday, July 23, 2021.
Washington, US — A group of lawmakers from a bipartisan Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC), wrote a letter to Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) calling them to postpone the upcoming Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and to relocate them unless China ends the genocide of minority groups.
Geneva, Switzerland — Four Tibetan organizations based in Switzerland filed a complaint on Friday, July 23, 2021, against the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for not following the guidelines given by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) regarding the Beijing Winter Olympics planned for 2022.
Dharamshala, India — Chinese President Xi Jinping made an unannounced visit to Tibet. The visit was met with protests by the Tibetan Women's Association against the Chinese government's atrocities against Tibetans and the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party on July 1 of this year.
London, England — "It's up to Britain and democratic states across the world to send a clear message to Beijing: we will not turn a blind eye to the abuses in the Uyghur Region, Tibet, and Hong Kong, and we will not let you score a major propaganda victory at the Winter Olympics,” said MP Loughton while voting for the boycott of the 2022 Beijing Olympics.
Toronto, Canada — Tibetan community in Ontario celebrates Tibetan Heritage Month for the first time since the passing of ‘Bill 131 Tibetan Heritage Month Act’ in the provincial Legislature in September 2020. July is a sacred month for the Tibetan community.
Dharamshala, India — Tibet, the roof of the world, is a land known for its unique culture. Tibetan culture was not built in a day, and the exchange and mutual absorption with other ethnic cultures have led to the unique culture observed today. It has overcome a number of obstacles to survive, and the Tibetan community is working to preserve it in an ever-changing world.
Dharamshala, India — An exclusive conversation with Tempa Gyaltsen Zamlha, Executive Head of the Tibet Policy Institute's Environment and Development Desk, Central Tibetan Administration. He discusses the most pressing environmental challenges confronting Tibet as well as climatic conditions, their causes and consequences with The Tibet Post International (TPI).
Dharamshala, India — With an elevation of more than 4,000 meters above mean sea level, the Tibetan Plateau physically dominates the geographical map of the world. The entire plateau stretches for almost 3,000 kilometers from west to east and 1,500 kilometers from south to north. It holds the Hindu Kush Himalayan Ice Sheet, considered as the largest ice mass and reservoir of fresh water apart from the two poles, hence the name ‘Third Pole’.
Dharamshala, India— An exhibition titled "Inside and Outside" opens in Taiwan and brings the art about different forms of Human Rights issues from December 5 to December 26, 2020. Through the discussions of borders to connect and materialise a reconciliation with broken self in the modern society by the artists part of the exhibition.
Dharamshala, India — An impressive conversation with Ngawang Jorgyal, a teacher at Gaden Monastery. He teaches mathematics and Science to different categories of students. He shares with Tibet Post International(TPI) his passion for teaching and his journey in becoming a teacher. He also touches important themes like roles of teachers and parents in a child’s life. The importance of students' current education for the Tibet cause.
Dharamshala, India — When outlining his main commitments, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said he feels a strong need to speak up for the protection of ecology of Tibet, not just for the benefit of the people of Tibet, but also on behalf of all those across Asia who depend on rivers that rise in Tibet for their water.
Dharamshala, India — Chinese President Xi Jinping’s sudden and dramatic visit to Tibet holds more than one meaning. And no one meaning carries lesser weight than the other. This is the first time that Xi, the super boss of China’s most celebrated colony Tibet since he took over the reins of China as its President, Party General Secretary, and the supreme military commander.
Dharamshala, India —Tibetan cuisine mirrors the culinary practices and traditions of its people. The cuisine is an ultimate reflection of Tibet's geographical landscape and history. The mountains, plateaus, and influences from neighboring countries are an integral part of the cuisine. Tibetan cuisine consists mainly of noodles, soup, dumplings, and cheese, usually made from yak milk.
Dharamshala, India — In Tibet, religion is closely linked to its deep and rich culture. Forced into exile due to the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1959, the Tibetan people hold onto their faith for peace and survival of their culture. Tibetan Buddhism thus reflects the spiritual and intellectual ideas of the Tibetan people and serves as an inevitable part of their lives.
Dharamshala, India – An exclusive interview with Lama Lobsang, a Buddhist monk currently living in exile in the India. He shares with Tibet Post International (TPI) some key stories from his life, highlighting the struggles and atrocities under the Chinese occupation. He also talks about his philanthropy and his contributions to communities during the pandemic.
On 23rd May Beijing completes 70 years of colonial occupation and rigid communist rule of China. It was on 23rd May 1951 when the Dalai Lama, the ruler and supreme spiritual leader of Tibet, heard a dramatic broadcast on ‘Radio Peking’ which announced that Tibet had signed a “17-Point Agreement” with China under which Tibet had agreed to become a part of China.
Dharamshala, India — Tibet is known as the ‘Water Tower of Asia’ as it serves as the source of ten major Asian river systems flowing into ten Asian countries. The Chinese plan to build large dams in Tibet is causing issues for countries downstream.
Taipei — U.S. Ambassador to India, Kenneth I. Juster has strongly praised His Holiness the Dalai Lama over his tireless efforts to seek freedom for Tibetans, preserve the Tibetan culture, and bring an end to strife and hostility around the world.
Dharamshala, India — "Happiness is very much related with our emotions. If our mental state is calm and peaceful, then external factors can not disturb our mind. The mind can be trained to build constructive emotions and reduce destructive emtions," said His Holiness the Dalai Lama, while interacting with scientists as part of the Science & Wisdom of Emotions Summit.
Dharamshala — Emphasising the crucial role in seriously making our world more peaceful and harmonious, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said, all sentient beings want to lead a happy life and a happy life means a peaceful life. Because we as social animals depend on the community in which we live and we depend on the care and affection of others to survive from the moment we’re born. This is nothing to do with religious practice, it’s simply natural behaviour.
Dharamshala, India — World Humanitarian Drive and APJ Abdul Kalam International Foundation hosted a Global webinar session “Liveable Planet Earth – Working Together for a Peaceful World” on October 15, 2020.