China

Human rights situation in Tibet bleaks, says government in exile
China, Human Rights

Human rights situation in Tibet bleaks, says government in exile

The Dalai Lama's tireless efforts have contributed to a more prosperous world and have garnered global support for the cause of Tibet, where the human rights situation under Chinese rule is a matter of concern, the Tibetan government said. On the occasion of the 31st anniversary of the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to the spiritual leader on Thursday, the Kashag (cabinet) statement released here by the government in exile said: "Today is also the Day of Human Rights. In the case of Tibet, the authoritarian policies of the Chinese Government continue to trample on the fundamental rights of the Tibetan people." Since 2009, 154 Tibetans have given up their lives through self-immolation for fundamental freedom in Tibet. Then in June of this year, Tibetan singer Lhundrup Drakpa was sentence...
China, Human Rights, Religion

Organized by Uyghur to hold a protest against China on International Human Rights Day

A pro-Uyghur group called the East Turkistan National Awakening Movement is scheduled to hold demonstrations in various countries around the world on the International Day for Human Rights on 10 December to raise awareness of ongoing human rights problems in China. Protests will take place in many cities, including Geneva, New York City, Washington DC and Toronto, against the aggressive policies introduced by the Communist Party of China (CCP). "Join us on December 10th -International Human Rights Day to protest against China and its CCP's aggression and atrocities in East Turkistan, Hong Kong, South Mongolia, and Tibet. Demonstrations will be held in Edmonton, Geneva, The Hague, NYC, San Francisco, Washington DC, and Toronto," said the Washington-based East Turkistan National Awakening ...
China

The danger of planned hydel dam on Yarlung Zangbo in Tibet

End years of speculation, China has finally revealed its grandiose plans to harness 60 gigawatts of Yarlung Tsangpo hydropower in Tibet, which happens to be the highest altitude river in the world. Predictably, there have been concerns in India as the river is the largest tributary of Brahmaputra and the planned jumbo scheme is close to the border of Arunachal Pradesh. It may be too early to analyse the precise effect of the project on the downstream area. However a few effects based on assumptions drawn so far from other hydropower projects can be safely postulated. Contrarily to the concerns posed by some quarters, the flow of water in the Brahmaputra River is unlikely to be substantially affected, provided that glacial melt in the river flow contributes just around 12% of the total vo...
Tibetan monk detained by China is still missing
China

Tibetan monk detained by China is still missing

The Tibetan monk from the Ngaba region of Tibet, who was arbitrarily arrested almost a year and a half ago by local Chinese authorities, remains untraceable, the Central Tibetan Administration stated. Rinchen Tsultrim, a monk at the Nangshig monastery in Ngaba and a strong supporter of the preservation of Tibetan language, was arrested on 1 August 2019, according to a credible source. Along with Rinchen Tsultrim, two other monks from Kordo, Ngaba County, were arrested but released after a few days. "However, Rinchen Tsultrim was suspected of engaging in political activities and taken away to an undisclosed location by the Ngaba county police." Rinchen Tsultrim's family members have not been able to monitor his whereabouts and health since then a credible source has been confirmed. Aft...
Tibet reports nation’s top GDP growth rate
China, Politics

Tibet reports nation’s top GDP growth rate

Over the first three quarters of this year the GDP of the Tibet Autonomous Region has reached more than 130 billion yuan ($20 billion) – up 6.3 percent year-on-year – with growth above all other regions and provinces in China. Development came amid the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, which continues to devastate the globe. The region's GDP grew by 1% year-on-year in the first quarter, making it the only region to see positive growth in China over the period, according to the Xinhua News Agency. The region's GDP grew 5.1% for the first half of the year the highest among the 16 Chinese provinces and regions that saw positive economic growth. Tibet's economy relies heavily on projects undertaken by the central government and other Chinese provinces. As of this year the area has earned i...
U.S. encourages countries to make legislation on access to Tibet
China, Human Rights, Religion

U.S. encourages countries to make legislation on access to Tibet

Slamming China for its alleged authoritarian regime in Tibet, a senior US diplomat urged other countries to pass their own versions of U.S. law calling for the denial of entry to the U.S. by Chinese officials known to be involved in restricting visits to the remote Himalayan region. Robert A. Destro, Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, said on Friday that along with partners around the world, the US has and will continue to call on China to provide unhindered access to foreigners travelling in Tibetan areas, including diplomats and journalists, just as other countries allow Chinese diplomats, journalists and people access to their respective countries. “The U.S. adopted the Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act to press for greater access and transparency. Today, I call on our like minded f...
China reopens Tibet to tourists in the midst of the Covid 19 Pandemic
China, Human Rights

China reopens Tibet to tourists in the midst of the Covid 19 Pandemic

As anti-China protests in Tibet attract international attention, in March, China reopened the region for tourists despite the coronavirus pandemic, proclaiming the "rapid growth of the regional tourist economy" With the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) witnessing 1.88 million domestic and foreign tourists on 9 October, China announced the rapid growth of the regional tourism economy, the Taiwan Times said. It is important to note that it was because of the re-opening of the region by the Chinese Government that the first and only coronavirus case was seen here. The person was from Wuhan, the city from which the virus originated. According to The Taiwan Times, there are many reasons why China is rushing to re-open the TAR tourism sector, but one key reason is security concerns about growing...
Tibetan social media sites question Chinese government in the face of suppression
China, Human Rights, Religion

Tibetan social media sites question Chinese government in the face of suppression

Despite attempts by the repressive Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to curtail freedom of speech, right to information, association and religion in Tibet, there has been an increase in domestic social media providing a forum for voices questioning government-sponsored news. The CCP censors the internet and maintains intensive surveillance apparatus in the form of facial recognition technology and Global Positioning System (GPS) coordination in its occupied territories, including Tibet, East Turkistan (Xinjiang) and Southern Mongolia (Inner Mongolia), the Taiwan Times reported. In order to monitor the "digital ecosystem," social media accounts linked to the CCP misinformation programme are used to spread disinformation on social media such as Twitter, Facebook, etc. They have been used to p...
China constructs a big dam on river Brahmaputra in Tibet
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China constructs a big dam on river Brahmaputra in Tibet

China is preparing to construct a big hydropower project on the Brahmaputra River in Tibet, according to official media reports on Monday. The proposal for this project was presented in the 14th Five-Year Plan and construction will begin next year. Speaking of the initiative, Yan Zhiyong, chairman of China's Power Construction Corp, said that China will "implement hydropower exploitation in the downstream of the Yarlung Zangbo River" (the Tibetan name for the Brahmaputra). It is being built with the goal of preserving water supplies and domestic stability, according to the Chinese government's Global Times. Claiming it as a historic opportunity for the Chinese hydropower industry, Yan told that the project had been clearly established in the 14th Five-Year Plan of 2021-2025, and that it...
Arunachal shares its border with Tibet, not China: Pema Khandu; slams Beijing for blocking foreign funds
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Arunachal shares its border with Tibet, not China: Pema Khandu; slams Beijing for blocking foreign funds

Against the official stance of the Center, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu said that the North-Eastern State shares its border with Tibet and not with China. Calling it a historical reality that no one can erase, Khandu said that the world knows that China has annexed Tibet. In an interview with The Hindu, he further accused Beijing of blocking foreign financing, claiming that because of Beijing intervention, the Asian Development Bank and others had refused loans to the state. China annexed to Tibet: Pema Khandu Global financing through foreign banks and agencies offers loans at cheaper interest rates, but because of its unproven argument over the territory, China has continuously blocked such financing for Arunachal Pradesh. This is not the first time that the CM has re...