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How China Represses Tibetan Buddhist Nuns, ‘Erasing’ Identity
China, Human Rights, Politics, Religion

How China Represses Tibetan Buddhist Nuns, ‘Erasing’ Identity

With the increasing indoctrination and surveillance of Tibetan Buddhists, women practitioners/nuns have been suffering under the 'sinicization' agenda of the Chinese State. The voices of Tibetan women practitioners are increasingly being suppressed under the Chinese colonial discourse of Tibetan women's emancipation'. The Opposing Narrative About Tibetan Women's Status In contrast to the propagandistic and skewed projection - by State media - of Tibetan women as being empowered' and 'uplifted' under Communist rule in China, the larger question of Tibetan women's religious practitioners' challenges under President Xi Jinping's 'sinicization' is to be questioned. The State's mandated policy of how religion should function obstructs the way in which Tibetan nuns practice and uphold their reli...
Tibet marks over 1.14 million visits in first four days of the Golden Week: Reports
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Tibet marks over 1.14 million visits in first four days of the Golden Week: Reports

Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region received more than 1.14 million visits during the first four days of the National Day, a rise of more than 10% year on year, according to the local tourism department. The famous Palace of Potala in Lhasa is full of a festive atmosphere during the holiday season. The palace has built a maximum capacity of 5,000 visitors per day due to the control and prevention of coronavirus. This year, Potala Palace has allowed visitors to book via WeChat. Tourists will follow the official WeChat account palace and book their tickets one day in advance. During the pandemic, the tourism industry suffered a heavy blow. With the outbreak largely under control in the world, people are pinning high hopes for tourism on holiday. In order to meet the demand of tourists ...
Destruction of Buddhist Education Institutes in Tibet – Will China answer?
China, Human Rights

Destruction of Buddhist Education Institutes in Tibet – Will China answer?

When the legendary Lama Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok founded the Serther Institute, commonly known as the Larung Gar Buddhist Academy, in the heart of the Kham region in 1980, he never expected the Chinese extremists to smash this dream soon after his death. The life of Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok was full of miracles. It is said in ancient Tibetan legends that when he came out of his mother's womb, he was in a meditation position and recited Manjushri's Mantra. He used to dream of a place where people from all over the world could come to learn Tibetan Buddhism. He, therefore, chose a location at an altitude of over 13,000 feet, which was full of harmony and tranquility, and he named it "City in the Sky." The place that began with a few hundred students later became the largest center of Mahayana Budd...
About 40 nations rebuke China’s human rights policies in Xinjiang, Tibet
China, Human Rights

About 40 nations rebuke China’s human rights policies in Xinjiang, Tibet

On Tuesday, a cross-regional group of 39 United Nations member countries issued a stinging public condemnation of systematic human rights abuses by the Chinese Government, especially in Xinjiang and Tibet, and expressed serious concern about the effect of its new national security law on human rights in Hong Kong. The United States, several European countries, Japan, and others have called on China to allow "unfettered entry" to Xinjiang for independent observers, including UN human rights leader Michelle Bachelet, and to urgently refrain from detaining Uighurs and representatives of other minorities. The 39 countries also urged China to "keep autonomy, rights, and freedoms in Hong Kong and support the independence of the Hong Kong judiciary" in a joint statement read at the General Assemb...
Harder times for Tibet as China ups the Anti factor
China, Human Rights, Politics, Religion

Harder times for Tibet as China ups the Anti factor

With monks and nuns perceived to be the 'trouble makers' of the CCP cadres, the seventh Tibet Work Forum held in Beijing recently focused on religion. 'Re-education' and 'patriotism' drives directed at them have been ongoing in Tibet for a few years now. The Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) has witnessed substantial high-level activity this year, culminating in the Seventh Tibet Work Forum held in Beijing on 28-29 August 2020. This platform heralds a new and tougher age for Tibetans, concentrating on 'patriotic education,' adapting Tibetan Buddhism to 'socialism with Chinese characteristics' and combating 'separatism' and 'Dalai clique.' The infiltration of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) into every village and hamlet in the TAR will be accelerated. Efforts to improve national unity would s...
China shot Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter jet in Tibet, a myth, PIB check.
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China shot Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter jet in Tibet, a myth, PIB check.

The situation has remained tense after the violent clashes between China and India in East Ladakh on 15 and 16 June in the Galvan Valley. @ZhongXN Twitter is managing reports that China has destroyed the Sukhoi-30 MKI Indian Air Force fighter aircraft in Tibet. The tweet, which was posted at 10:47 p.m. on October 3rd, also claimed that the PLA Air Force had shot down the dreaded Indian Air Force fighter Sukhoi SU-30 MKI in Tibet. As PIB Fact Check studied this viral tweet, the reality of the downed combat aircraft Sukhoi SU-30 MKI was revealed by China. The PIB Fact Check confirms that no such incident happened. Significantly, the two countries have so far held six rounds of talks to settle the ongoing border conflict between India and China on the Line of Actual Control LAC, but at the mo...
PLA employs Tibetans into technical, professional ranks
China, Human Rights, Religion

PLA employs Tibetans into technical, professional ranks

In the midst of continuing border tensions with China in eastern Ladakh, reports have emerged that the People's Liberation Army (PLA) is recruiting Tibetan civilians for "technical" and skilled positions in its ranks. While China's Western Theater Command did not comment on the development itself, but Chinese experts argued that the move was part of a routine recruitment strategy, the evaluations here indicate that the PLA is seeking to deploy local Tibetans after being constrained by the Indian Army's mirror deployment in Ladakh. The Tibetans being recruited are being absorbed into the posts of kitchen workers, drivers, supervisors, software technicians, spectrum monitors, and other roles, but they have been secretly combated for allegedly deploying the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in the...
Lawmakers round world criticise China ‘s latest mass forced labour policy in Tibet
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Lawmakers round world criticise China ‘s latest mass forced labour policy in Tibet

Following a report, verified by Reuters Sep 22, which documents a large-scale program in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) that forced more than half a million rural Tibetans out of their country and into military-style training centers in the first seven months of 2020, a total of 63 legislators from 16 countries released a joint statement calling for immediate action against the Chinese Communi. Legislators come from countries in Asia, Europe, and North America. "We call on our governments to take urgent steps to condemn these crimes and avoid more human rights violations," said the parliamentarians who are part of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China, which is trying to change the way democratic countries interact with China. The report, "Xinjiang's Military Vocational Training Sys...
Lhasa undergoes an air Defense alarm test
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Lhasa undergoes an air Defense alarm test

Free Tibet reported a planned air raid drill last week. According to Tibet Watch, the research partner of Free Tibet, an air defense warning test took place in the capital of Tibet, Lhasa, on 19 September 2020. Other media outlets have recorded the alarm and were able to obtain exclusive footage from within Tibet. The CCP-led Lhasa government made an official announcement ahead of the alarm taking place. Within the statement, they claimed that the test would contribute to “improv[ing] the general public’s conception of the national defence and civil air defence awareness…”.  The air defence test was performed against the backdrop of rising border tensions between China and India. Following the recent seventh Tibet Work Forum, chaired by President Xi Jinping, ongoing border tensions with In...
Rural Tibetans trained in Animal breeding: Wuhan
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Rural Tibetans trained in Animal breeding: Wuhan

Tibetan residents of the Nedong district of Tibet Autonomous Region have recently obtained training in animal husbandry in Wuhan, Hubei Province. The project was funded by the Wuhan Ethnic and Religious Affairs Commission and the Nedong District Government of Tibet. Trainees came from rural areas of the Nedong district, most of them engaged inbreeding. For most of them, the trip to Wuhan was their first trip out of Tibet. Participants have been provided with breeding training and skills training and have been introduced to agricultural industrialisation. They also visited various breeding centres, the Han-Tibetan Cultural Exchange Centre, the Modern Agricultural Exhibition Centre, and the Yellow Crane Tower, or Huanghelou, a landmark in Wuhan. The vocational training programme for Tibetan ...