Dharamsala, India: At the 2009 PeaceJam Youth Conference in Dharamsala, on Monday 26 October, 200 young Tibetans from the Tibetan Children's Village (TCV) spent the day sharing in discussions and activities with three Nobel Peace laureates: Jody Williams, Mairead Corrigan Maguire, and Shirin Ebadi. This morning, the three women presented a letter of support to His Holiness and spoke on the global significance of the Tibetan cause.

At the height of Indian-Chinese tensions over land disputes and the Tibetan issue, political leaders from the world's two most populated countries are currently engaged in talks to reestablish trust between these once peaceful neighbors and see if any mutual understandings are reachable.

DHARAMSALA, INDIA:  "There's no stronger advocate for human rights than President Obama," said Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Relations, in an interview for Reuters yesterday.  The comment was made regarding President Obama’s upcoming trip to China next month, and his decision to postpone meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama until after returning from the summit in Beijing with Chinese President Hu Jintao.

The US Congressional-Executive Commission on China has released its 2009 Annual Report on human rights and the rule of law in China, together with case records of 1,279 political prisoners currently detained or imprisoned there.

Dharamsala, Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama is scheduled to visit the northeast Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh on 8-15 November, to give lectures in the cities of Tawang, Diang, Bungzla and Itanagar. Indian officials have defended Tibet's exiled spiritual leader against Chinese opposition to his trip.

After two recent events have strained relations between Taiwan and mainland China, Chinese tourists have reportedly been avoiding the Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung. Last week, Kao Koong-lian, vice-chairman of Taiwan's Straits Exchange Foundation, appealed to his Chinese counterpart Zheng Lizhong to call off the boycott, reported Taiwan's Central News Agency.

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