Dharamshala: - On the 25th of October, the Tibet Post International was given the opportunity to interview three imminent Taiwanese delegates during their week-long visit to Dharamshala, and discuss several matters in relation to Tibet, including the issue of Chinese dominance over Taiwan and Tibet, and how the alliance of the two countries might be beneficiary to the development of democracy in both places.

Dharamshala: - On October 23rd, The Prime Minister of the Tibetan Government in exile, Lobsang Sangay sat down for an interview with Karan Thapar of CNN IBN, on The Devil's Advocate. They discussed two main issues- the cause of Tibet in the face of China's steadily augmenting economic and political power, along with the recently flared debate on how His Holiness the Dalai Lama's successor is to be elected.

Dharamshala: - As Tibetan women in exile are rapidly catching up with their male counterparts, traditional gender roles of Tibetan society are being challenged on an every-day basis. As Member of the Tibetan Parliament in exile and a Tibetan Women's Association executive, Tenzin Dhardon Sharling stands in a unique position to comment on this change. The TPI recently met with her for a talk about the current state of affairs in Tibetan gender issues, as seen from her respective chairs in Tibetan society.

Dharamshala: Ngawang Gelek was born in 1944 to Darpa Kunjung and Tsewang Dolma in Chara Penpa County of Kham Region. In 1969 he joined an uprising against the Chinese government. He was active in this battle for nine months, six of which in armed combat, before being arrested.

Dharamshala: The US Senate confirmed former Commerce Secretary Gary Locke as Ambassador to China on 27 July 2011. Excerpts from response given by the Ambassador to questions posed to him by Senators in connection with the confirmation hearing follows:

Dharamshala: Tenzin Rabgyal is a man with a democratic plan. The 31-year-old MA student of public administration, and volunteer campaigner for Lobsang Sangey's Kalon Tripa campaign, aims to found a new political party - the People's Party of Tibet (PPT) - in an attempt to create a two-party system in the arena of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA). Rabgyal hopes to help pave the way for a "smooth democracy" with transparent governance, an absence of nepotism and, most importantly, a raised awareness about democracy among all Tibetans.

Dharamshala: - A delegation of ten members of Taiwan Friends of Tibet visited the Himalayan town of Dharamshala for one week from April 5, meeting with Tibetan NGOs including the Tibetan Youth Congress, Students for A Free Tibet and the Gu Chu Sum Movement of Tibet. They discussed issues including the struggles for Tibetan and Taiwanese independence, the current situations in those countries, and other global issues. The delegation also visited local schools and the offices of the Central Tibetan Administration.

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