Chinese Army Live-Fire Drills in #Tibet nr Yarlung Zangbo River #China #India #Bangladesh

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) conducted live-fire exercises in Tibet Autonomous Region, near Yarlung Zangbo River located in the upper stream of the Brahmaputra River which flows through #China, #India and #Bangladesh. The brigade that conducted the drills was from the PLA’s Tibet Military Command and is one of China’s two plateau mountain brigades. Video posted online shows soldiers using anti-tank grenades and missiles against bunkers and howitzers for artillery coverage. Separately, Tibet’s mobile communication agency conducted a drill on July 10 in Lhasa, capital of Tibet, where members of the agency practiced setting up a temporary mobile network to secure communications in an emergency.

Chinese Army live-fire drills in Tibet

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) conducted live-fire exercises in Southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region, China Central Television (CCTV) reported on Friday.

The brigade that conducted the drills was from the PLA’s Tibet Military Command and is one of China’s two plateau mountain brigades. The report did not say when the drills were held.

According to the CCTV report, the brigade has long been stationed around the middle and lower reaches of the Yarlung Zangbo River and is responsible for frontline combat missions.

The Yarlung Zangbo River is located in the upper stream of the Brahmaputra River which flows through China, India and Bangladesh.

The live-fire drills reportedly included the quick delivery of troops and different military units working together on joint attacks.

Video posted online shows soldiers using anti-tank grenades and missiles against bunkers and howitzers for artillery coverage.

The video also shows radar units identifying enemy aircraft and soldiers using anti-aircraft artillery to annihilate targets.

The drills lasted 11 hours, news portal reported.

Separately, Tibet’s mobile communication agency conducted a drill on July 10 in Lhasa, capital of Tibet, where members of the agency practiced setting up a temporary mobile network to secure communications in an emergency.

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Tibet’s freedom: ideas for a strategy. A prize in memory of Elliot Sperling


In order to remember the political legacy of Elliot Sperling, who has dedicated his life to stand for nothing less than freedom for the Tibetan people, a prize has been allocated by his friends and colleagues Cicci Visconti, Roberto Vitali and Federica Venturi.

བོད་ཀྱི་རང་དབང་། སྐུ་ཞབས་ཨེ་ལི་ཡ་ཊི་ སི་པར་ལིང་རྗེས་དྲན་གཟེངས་རྟགས།  

Tibet’s freedom: ideas for a strategy.
A prize in memory of Elliot Sperling

The aim is to solicit contributions, in any form (whether an article, a song, a poem, a work of art, etc.), that articulate concrete proposals to achieve the goal of freedom for Tibet. Participants are encouraged to formulate any idea, which is, in their view, a step forward in creating a strategy (short or long term) that goes beyond the present-day stalemate. Ideas can be conceived both with occupied Tibet and the diaspora in mind and ideally would consider the collaboration of both realities.

No matter the wide or small range of these proposals, any concept that the participants deem constructive and applicable will be considered. Participants’ proposals may involve different aspects such as ideology, politics, society, economics, education, literature, civil disobedience, forms of resistance, material culture, the arts, or anything else. The donors encourage the participants to deal with any aspect of Tibetan life which may lead to the empowerment of the Tibetan people, including, but not limited to, building a better economy, laying down stronger social foundations, improving health care and education (basic and higher), and expressing realistic proposals and progressive solutions for the occupied land.

Anyone from any walk of life, without regard to age, gender, nationality and creed can apply. Works, when in written form, should be either in Tibetan or English.

A committee of three experts appointed by the donors will examine the works submitted and select one winner.

The prize amount is US $1,500, or the equivalent in Indian Rupees if the winner lives in India or Nepal.

Students for a Free Tibet – India has graciously consented to administer the logistics of the prize.

Works should be submitted by no later than the end of December 2017. The winner will be announced on February 13th 2018, the next celebration of Tibet’s Independence Day.

Submissions or enquiries should be sent to the following address:

If a postal address is needed please use:

Students for a Free Tibet – India

Tenwang House

Jogiwara Road,

McLeod Ganj – 176219

Mobile +917018252674

Worthy ideas will all be eventually put online after consent from the authors.

It is with a sense of gratitude that the prize donors acknowledge the crucial role exercised by the judging committee and Students for a Free Tibet – India.

Our appreciation is felt for everyone who will participate, Cicci Visconti, Roberto Vitali, Federica Venturi



Sperling recognised Tibet as an independent country until Mao’s invasion

In a New York Times article, Sperling stated that China’s assertion that Tibet became a part of China in the 13th century was a very recent construction. “From 1912 until the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, no Chinese government exercised control over what is today China’s Tibet Autonomous Region. The Dalai Lama’s government alone ruled the land until 1951,” Elliot wrote.

Elliot Sperling passed away on 2nd February 2017.


བོད་ཀྱི་རང་དབང་། སྐུ་ཞབས་ཨེ་ལི་ཡ་ཊི་ སི་པར་ལིང་རྗེས་དྲན་གཟེངས་རྟགས།  


སྐུ་ཞབས་ཨེ་ལི་ཡ་ཊི་ སི་པར་ལིང་མཆོག་གིས་སྐུ་ཚེ་ཧྲིལ་པོའི་རིང་བོད་ཀྱི་རང་དབང་རང་བཙན་
འཐབ་རྩོད་ཆེད་ཁ་ཞེ་གཉིས་མེད་ཀྱིས་རྒྱབ་སྐྱོར་གནང་བ་དང་། བོད་ཀྱི་ལོ་རྒྱུས་དང་འབྲེལ་བའི་
རླབས་ཆེའི་མཛད་རྗེས་རྣམས་ལ་རྗེས་དྲན་དང་རྒྱུན་འཛིན་ཞུ་ཆེད། “ཨེ་ལི་ཡ་ཊི་སི་པར་ལིང་རྗེས་དྲན་གཟེངས་རྟགས་” གསལ་བསྒྲགས་ཞུ་རྒྱུ་ཡིན།
ཅི་ཅི་ ཝི་སི་ཀོན་ཏི་དང་། (Cicci Visconti) རོ་སྦེར་ཏོ་ ཝེ་ཏ་ལི། (Roberto Vitali)
ཕིི་ཌི་རི་ཀ་ ཝན་ཏུ་རི་ (Federica Venturi) བཅས་ནས་མཐུན་འགྱུར་དང་དབུ་འཛུགས་གནང་བ་ ཞིག་རེད།གཟེངས་རྟགས་དེའི་དམིགས་ཡུལ།

༡༽ བོད་དོན་བདེན་མཐའ་གསལ་བའི་ཉིན་མོ་སླེབས་པར།
༢༽ འཆར་གཞི་དང་ལྡན་པའི་འཆར་སྣང་མཁོ་གྲུབ་ཞུ་ཆེད་ཡིན་པ་དང་།

དེ་ནི་རྩོམ་ཡིག་དང་། སྙན་ངག །གཞས་ཚིག རི་མོ་སོགས་སྒྱུ་རྩལ་གང་རུང་ནང་ཡིན་ཆོག འགྲན་སྡུར་ནང་མཉམ་བཞུགས་གནང་མཁན་ཚོས་ད་ལྟའི་བོད་དོན་འཐབ་རྩོད་ཀྱི་གནས་སྟངས་དེ་
གསར་པ་ཞིག་ཐོག་འཆར་སྣང་དགོས་པ་རེད། དེ་ཡང་། བཟང་ཤོས་བྱུང་ན་བོད་ཕྱི་ནང་གཉིས་ཀའི་
བོད་ཕྱི་ནང་གཉིས་ཀྱི་གནས་སྟངས་དབྱེ་ནས་ འཆར་གཞི་གཏིང་ན་ཡང་ཆོག། འཛུལ་ཞུགས་གནང་མཁན་
ཚོས་འཆར་གཞི་རིང་ཐུང་ལ་ལྟོས་མེད། འཆར་སྣང་དེ་དག་བོད་པའི་ཆབ་སྲིད་དང་། ཞི་བའི་འཐབ་རྩོད། སྤྱི་ཚོགས། དཔལ་འབྱོར། ཤེས་ཡོན། རིག་གཞུང་། སྒྱུ་རྩལ། འཕྲོད་བསྟེན་སོགས་གང་སྤྱིའི་གནས་
སྟངས་གོང་འཕེལ་ཡོང་བའི་ཐབས་ཇུས་ཡིན་དགོས་པ་མ་ཟད། དེ་དག་ངེས་པར་དུ་ལག་བསྟར་ཐུབ་
གཅོད་གནང་རྒྱུ་རེད་ལ། དེར་བྱ་དགའ་ཨ་རིའི་སྒོར་མོ་ ༡༥༠༠ ($1500)འབུལ་རྒྱུ་དང་། ཡང་བྱ་དགའ་ཐོབ་མཁན་དེ་རྒྱ་གར་དང་བལ་ཡུལ་དུ་བཞུགས་མཁན་ཡིན་ན་ཨ་སྒོར་གྱི་འཛའ་ཐང་ གཅིག་མཚུངས་རྒྱ་བལ་སྒོར་མོ་འབུལ་རྒྱུ་ཡིན། བྱ་དགའ་བོད་རང་བཙན་གྱི་ཉིན་མོ་སྟེ། སྤྱི་ལོ་ ༢༠༡༨ ཕྱི་ཟླ་ ༢ ཚེས་ ༡༣ ཉིན་འབུལ་རྒྱུ་ཡིན། བྱ་དགའ་འགྲེམས་སྤྲོད་ལག་ལེན་ཚང་མ་བོད་རང་བཙན་སློབ་ཕྲུག་ཚོགས་པ་ནས་བསྟར་རྒྱུ་ཞལ་བཞེས་གནང་བྱུང་།
འགྲན་སྡུར་དེའི་ནང་བཞུགས་པར་རྒྱལ་ཁབ་དང་། མི་རིགས། སྐད་ཡིག །རིག་གཞུང་། ཕོ་མོ་བཅས་པ་དབྱེར་མེད་ཡིན་ལ། འབྲི་རྩོམ་ཕུལ་ན། བོད་ཡིག་དང་ཨིན་ཡིག་གཉིས་གང་རུང་ནང་ཡིན་དགོས་པ་དང་། སོ་སོའི་འཆར་གཞི་རྣམས་སྤྱི་ལོ་ ༢༠༡༧ ཕྱི་ཟླ་ ༡༢ ཚེས་ ༣༡ གི་སྔོན་ལ་གཤམ་གསལ་གློག་འཕྲིན་ཁ་བྱང་ཐོག་བཏང་དགོས།
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Chinese government “spreading communist propaganda” in UK #ConfuciusInstitute in #universities and #schools

Teaching materials show the disputed territories of Tibet and Taiwan as Chinese. Norman Baker, President of Tibet Society, said: ‘The Confucius Institute is a Trojan horse to portray a version of the world favourable to the Communist Party in China. It is very disturbing that the party, through its front organisation, is peddling untrue information.’The Institute also works in UK schools is sponsored by the Beijing government

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Chinese government is ‘spreading communist propaganda in Britain’s universities and schools’
The Chinese government has been accused of spreading propaganda in the UK
Confucius Institute, which operates in universities, is said to be a ‘Trojan horse’

By Jonathan Petre for The Mail on Sunday , 9 July 2017

The Chinese government has been accused of spreading propaganda to British university students and schoolchildren.
The Confucius Institute, which operates in 26 UK universities, aims to help teach the Chinese language and promote culture. But critics say it is a ‘Trojan horse’ designed to spread the views of the communist regime.
Teaching materials show the disputed territories of Tibet and Taiwan as clearly belonging to China, while tutors say they are told to avoid discussing sensitive subjects such as the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.
One former tutor, Sonia Zhao, 31, said: ‘I wasn’t comfortable at all. I should have had the freedom to tell my students what I really thought about those issues.’
The Institute, which also works in primary and secondary schools, is sponsored by the Beijing government. It has previously been expelled from universities in the US, Canada and Japan because of concerns over ties with the Communist Party.
The Mail on Sunday has found that the Confucius Institute at University College London (UCL) had provided the controversial maps for schools.
Former Minister Norman Baker said: ‘The Confucius Institute is a Trojan horse to portray a version of the world favourable to the Communist Party in China. It is very disturbing that the party, through its front organisation, is peddling untrue information.’
Ellen Lees, of Students For A Free Tibet UK, called for an inquiry, describing the Institute as ‘a propaganda machine [that] pushes a false version of history’.
But defenders of the Institute say there is little hard evidence to show it promotes propaganda or suppresses free speech. And UCL said last night: ‘The Confucius Institute’s sole focus is the development of the teaching of Chinese language in schools.’

A Student of UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland writes in Mandarin 

Criticism of Confucius Institutes

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Confucius Institute (CI) program, which began establishing centers for Chinese language instruction in 2004, has been the subject of criticisms, concerns, and controversies during its international expansion.

Many such concerns stem from the CI’s relationship to Chinese Communist Party authorities, giving rise to criticisms about undermining academic freedom at host universities, engaging in industrial and military espionage, surveillance of Chinese students abroad, and attempts to advance the Chinese government’s political agendas on controversial issues such as human rights, Taiwanand Tibet.[1][2] Additional concerns have arisen over the institutes’ financial and academic viability, teaching quality, and relations with Chinese partner universities.[3]

Confucius Institutes have defended their establishments, comparing them with other cultural promotion organizations such as Alliance française and Goethe-Institut.[4] However, unlike the Alliance francaise or Goethe-Institut, many Confucius Institutes operate directly on university campuses, thus giving rise to unique concerns related to academic freedom and political influence.[5] Some observers have noted that CIs are largely limited to teaching cultural and language programs, and the institutes’ staff tend to see political and controversial subjects as human rights and democracy as outside the context of the mission of a Confucius Institute.[5][6]

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Exiled #Tibetan Leader w #TibetFlag @ Pangong Tso Adds #Tibet to #India #China #Border Mix

#KeepTibetAlive Exiled Tibetan Leader’s Photo Op With Flag at Pangong Tso Adds Tibet Card to India-China Border Mix

Lobsang Sangay, head of the Tibetan government-in-exile, seen after hoisting the Tibet flag on Pangong Lake. Courtesy: Central Tibetan Administration website

The Tibetan government-in-exile which had earlier said – against the backdrop of the ongoing stand-off between Indian and Chinese soldiers elsewhere in the Himalayas – that its head had unfurled the Tibetan flag  at Pang Gong lake in Ladakh has dialled back on that assertion and now clarified that Lobsang Sangay was only paying his respects to an already unfurled national flag.

The lake, located at over 14,000 feet, sits astride India and China, with the Line of Actual Control passing through it.

Sonam Norbu Dagpo, spokesperson of the self-styled ‘Central Tibetan Administration’ (CTA), had earlier twice confirmed to The Wire that this was the first time the independent Tibet flag had been unfurled by Sangay at that important location.

He last re-confirmed the hoisting to The Wireon Sunday morning. “This is the first visit by the CTA president to Ladakh and, therefore, the first time that he offered prayers, hoisted the prayer flag and hoisted the national flag by himself at the lake,” he said.

He stressed that while this was Sangay’s first visit, other top Tibetan political leaders, who headed earlier avatars of the CTA, had visited Pang Gong lake previously. “But at that time, there was no media coverage like now,” he said.

However, on Sunday night, CTA information secretary Dhardon Sharling reached out to The Wire to insist Sangay had not hoisted the flag.

“The Tibetan national flag seen in the pictures was not hoisted by President Dr. Sangay. It belongs to a Tibetan settled in Pangong lake and according to him, the flag is up there since Dec 10, 1989. President Dr. Sangay, happened to walk past the house and upon seeing the flag, paid respect,” said Sharling.

She added that there was no mention of the hoisting of the National Flag in the CTA news reports.

The CTA president, who was in Ladakh to attend the birthday celebrations of the Dalai Lama, took part in an event “led by monks and then thrust some sacred grains blessed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama into the lake”.

While he was standing on the shores of Pangong lake, Sangay said, “Physically, I may be standing just a few meters from Tibet today. However, in terms of political freedom and views, I am still far away from the situation inside Tibet”. The CTA president “lamented the true prevalent situation inside Tibet but expressed hope that freedom will be restored in Tibet soon”, according to the CTA information secretary.

What took place was “a spiritual event holding symbolic significance and bears no political overtures,” asserted Sharling.

Sharling’s ‘clarification’ may presumably allow the Indian government – which does not allow the CTA to engage in ‘political activities’ – to delink an event that the Chinese media has described as the use of the ‘Dalai Lama card’ from the ongoing border confrontation at the Bhutan-India-China tri-junction.

‘Permission not needed’

Earlier, Dagpo had told The Wire that the location has special meaning for the Tibetan community. “As you know, half the lake is in India, and half in Tibet.” Consequently, the hoisting of the national flag has “political and personal significance” for Sangay, he had said.

In fact, the official Indian position is that the area is part of Jammu and Kashmir, India, and not a part of Tibet/China.

When asked if any go-ahead signal was taken from the Indian authorities, Dagpo asserted, “I don’t think any permission is required to hoist the Tibetan national flag”.

Speaking to The Wire, a former MEA secretary, R.S. Kalha said, “The [photo op with] the Tibetan flag [at Pang Gong] is a political act, especially at this time”.

For the last 22 days, Indian and Chinese soldiers have been watching each other warily on a clearing called the ‘Turning Point’ in Doklam. Indian soldiers had stopped Chinese soldiers from constructing a road within Bhutanese territory, which would have serious security implications for the tri-junction and the ‘chicken neck’ Siliguri corridor.

China has been on a media blitzkrieg claiming that India violated a 1890 treaty and asserting that Indian soldiers were on Chinese territory. India and Bhutan have both said that China had changed the status-quo by building a road and asked it to return to the previous position.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping had a five-minute conversation on Friday on the sidelines of a meeting of BRICS leaders gathered in Hamburg for the G20 summit. However, no details were given of the “wide range of issues” discussed.

Meanwhile, even as the two leaders met in Hamburg, the Chinese embassy in India issued an advisory for its nationals to “pay close attention to personal safety”.

The Observer Research Foundation’s Manoj Joshi agreed that the flag event  “assumes importance due to the timing”. “This is a very significant gesture, given that it has happened for the first time at this location which has emotional and political symbolism.”

Both Kalha and Joshi pointed out that the flag was hoisted on Indian territory, which could be interpreted as political activity by the Tibetan exiles, something the Indian government has officially frowned upon in the past.

A former Indian diplomat, who has been a practitioner in India-China bilateral ties, claimed that it was unlikely that India would have “encouraged” Sangay to go to the lake. “So far, I do not see any signs of the Indian government interested in escalating the issue,” said the diplomat, who did not want to be named. He also pointed to the Indian statement on the Doklam stand-off, which he said was “very measured and sober”.

Joshi asserted that the NDA government has a history of trying to play up the Tibet issue. “Ever since this government took office, it has given more visibility to the Tibetan cause, right from swearing-in day. This has not gone unnoticed in Beijing,” he said.

When Modi was sworn in as prime minister, Sangay was among the special invitees in the audience, sitting right next to then Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav. Sangay’s presence led to speculation of new government policy on Tibet. Sangay’s presence didn’t go unnoticed, with China lodging a protest. A few months later, Modi and Xi were sitting together on a swing alongside the river Sabarmati – but that was probably the biggest high in India-China bilateral relations till now.

In April 2016, India allowed a US-based Chinese dissident organisation to organise a seminar of pro-democracy activists in Dharamshala, but later cancelled the visa of an Uighur activist on the grounds that he gave wrong information in his visa application. The visas of three other participants to the conference were also cancelled. However, the seminar went ahead, but without the media being allowed in.

The permission for the conference had come in the wake of China putting on hold – yet again – the listing of Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Maulana Masood Azhar by the 1267 Al-Qaida and Taliban sanctions committee of the UN Security Council.

In December 2016, China warned India to respect Beijing’s “core interests” after Dalai Lama visited Rashtrapati Bhawan to attend a conference of Nobel laureates and shared the dais with the Indian president. This was the first contact between the Tibetan spiritual leader and the head of the Indian state in decades. India had played down the incident, stating that Dalai Lama had been invited for a “non-political event”.

A few months earlier in October 2016, Beijing had also protested the first ever visit by an US ambassador to India to Arunachal Pradesh.

This year, China was again upset by the visit of the Dalai Lama to Arunachal Pradesh. The language used by the Chinese foreign ministry on Dalai Lama’s visit was so sharp that India issued a list of previous trips of the Tibetan spiritual leader to the north-eastern state, which is claimed by China. The foreign ministry spokesperson also clarified that there was a “no change” in Indian government’s policy towards China’s Tibet or to the boundary question.

Note: This story has been edited to reflect that other top Tibetan leaders have visited the Pong Gang lake before, according to Sonam Norbu Dagpo, as well as Dhardon Sharling’s clarification that sangay merely paid his respects to the flag and did not unfurl it.

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Tibet Society wishes our Patron, HH Dalai Lama a very happy 82nd birthday  སྐྱེས་སྐར་ལ་བཀྲ་ཤིས་བདེ་ལེགས་ཞུ།

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HH Dalai Lama will celebrate his 82nd birthday  with the people of Leh in Jammu and Kashmir.”His Holiness will hold long-life offering ceremony in Leh on his birthday on 6 July. He will also deliver teachings that day.” The Dalai Lama will stay there till 30 July.

The spiritual leader will participate in religious ceremonies and deliver teachings at Diskit Monastery in the Nubra Valley, Padum in Zanskar area and the Shewatsel Teaching Ground in Leh.

Founded in 1959, within weeks of the flight of the Dalai Lama from Tibet following the uprising against China’s occupation, Tibet Society became the world’s first ever Tibet support group.
Today, Tibet Society continues to work for the freedom of the Tibetan people and their right to self-determination.
All the founders of Tibet Society had personal knowledge of an independent and free Tibet, having either lived in Lhasa or had direct dealings with the Tibetan government. Hugh Richardson, the British Representative in Tibet, was among the dignitaries who greeted the young Dalai Lama when, in 1939, aged just four, he first entered Lhasa. Heinrich Harrer, when in Lhasa in the 1940s, coached the Dalai Lama in English and maths. Robert Ford, who remained Vice President until his death in 2013, was captured and imprisoned for five years by the invading Chinese army in 1950 when serving as radio officer to the Tibetan Government. Well known High Court Judge and founder of the Buddhist Society, Christmas Humphreys, first met the Dalai Lama in 1956.
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Tibetans protest against #China President Xi Jinping at #G20 Summit in Hamburg ‘G20 protest wave’ as Sikkim stand-off worsens with India – show solidarity on human rights! #Tibet #NoG20_2017 #StopG20 #G20ProtestWelle #Hamburg

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Xi is in Europe and will appear before the world’s cameras at the first Trump-era #G20.

‘G20 protest wave’: 1,000s rally in Hamburg ahead of summit

Now is the time for Europeans who care about the world they want to live in to show some solidarity on human rights – not just on climate and trade. Now is the time for some naming and shaming.China has positioned itself as a power that might help Europe counter Trump’s views on climate and trade, and is fast capitalising on Europe’s need for its cooperation

Meanwhile there is a Sikkim stand-off: as China calls India’s action ‘betrayal’ of treaty; dismisses Jaitley’s remarks over 1962 conflict
China said India needs to observe the treaty and pull back troops immediately from Doklam.China said that the Sino-India border in the Sikkim sector is well demarcated and the Indian Army’s action there is a “betrayal” of the position taken by successive Indian governments.

“Former Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru endorsed the 1890 Sino-British Treaty on Sikkim in a letter to the then Chinese counterpart Zhou Enlai in 1959. Successive Indian governments have also endorsed this,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a media briefing.

“The India-China boundary in the Sikkim section is well demarcated. The action taken by India is a betrayal of the position taken by the Indian governments,” he said.

The spokesman, however, said the line for diplomatic communication between the two sides is “open and smooth”.

China has accused Indian troops of transgressing into the Doklam area of the Sikkim sector, which it claims as a part of its territory.

Bhutan also claims the area as a part of its territory.

China also said it has closed the Nathu La route in Sikkim for Kailash Mansarovar pilgrims from India.

“The other route to Tibet through Lipulekh pass is open as it is located in the middle section where there is no dispute, Geng said.

The Chinese foreign ministry also dismissed Defence Minister Arun Jaitley’s remarks that India of 2017 is different from what it was in 1962, saying China too is different and will take “all necessary measures” to safeguard its territorial sovereignty.

Jaitley who responded to China’s oblique reference to the war the two countries had fought 55 years ago and asking India to learn from “historic lessons”, had said, “If they are trying to remind us, the situation in 1962 was different and India of 2017 is different.” He had also said that the current standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in the Sikkim sector was triggered by Beijing.

Responding to Jaitley’s remarks, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said, “He is right in saying that India in 2017 is different from 1962, just like China is also different.”

Geng also accused India of using Bhutan as a “cover up” for the “illegal entry” into the Doklam area over which Bhutan has lodged a protest with the Chinese government.

“In order to cover up the illegal entry of the Indian border troops, to distort the fact and even at the expense of Bhutan’s independence and sovereignty, they try to confuse right from wrong, that is futile,” Geng said.

He said China has “no objection to normal bilateral relations between India and Bhutan but firmly opposed to the Indian side infringing on Chinese territory using Bhutan as an excuse.”

“The Bhutan side does not know previously that the Indian troops entered into the Doklam area, which is not in line with what is claimed by the Indian side,” Geng said.

Asked whether any talks are going on between India and China to resolve the Sikkim standoff, Geng said, “After the illegal entry of border took place, China has lodged solemn representations at different levels with the Indian side in Delhi and Beijing.”

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Tibet News June, 2017

Tibet News, 24th June, 2017 via the Cross Party Group in the Scottish Parliament

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Please sign Petition! Save Tibet’s Nomads’ Land: Kokoxili Urge #UNESCO World Heritage Committee to vote for #Tibet ‘s #Nomads Homeland

Please sign Petition! Save Tibet’s Nomads’ Land: Kokoxili

Approving Kokoxili as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, without a detailed survey of the impacts on Tibet’s nomadic people, would be tantamount to supporting China’s detrimental policies that remove Tibetan nomads from their traditional homelands, and give greater State control over Tibetans’ movements and lifestyle.TAKE ACTION: Urge UNESCO World Heritage Committee to vote for Tibet’s Nomads’ Land.

By taking Action you will be sending a urgent message to each of the 21 UNESCO World Heritage Committee Members.

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Note: Kokoxili is pronounced Kock-O-Shilly

Kokoxili, a vast area of Tibet the size of Denmark and the Netherlands combined, is a unique landscape filled with beautiful lakes and freshwater wetlands that supports a distinct biodiversity and – historically – thousands of Tibetan nomads.

China, the country that has illegally occupied Tibet for over six decades, has nominated Kokoxili (Chinese: Hoh xil) for inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List, calling it a “No Man’s Land”. To some it may seem like a positive step to protect this fragile area, but history tells us that this is not China’s plan.

China’s nomination of Kokoxili denies the historic evidence of Tibetan nomads and ignores the essential part Tibetans have played in sustaining this landscape.


UNESCO’s 2017 Convention will take place in Krakow, Poland from 2 to 12 July.

On the agenda of the World Heritage Committee (WHC) is a nomination by China to inscribe a large area of Tibet known as Kokoxili (Chinese: Hoh Xil) in Tibet on to the World Heritage List.

The area of Kokoxili is in the middle of three major nature reserves that increasingly exclude traditional Tibetan land use such as nomadic herding, situate the State as the sole agency of control, and encourage mass tourism and industrial development.

There is justified concern about the Chinese government’s nomination of Tibet’s Kokoxili (Chinese: Hoh xil) to the World Heritage list.

Kokoxili is a vast land of lakes, wetlands and wildlife and it is vital that this area is protected, but the protection of this unique ecosystem must have the full involvement of the Tibetan people, and Tibetan nomads in particular. Tibetan nomads have stewarded this land for over 9,000 years and have built a deep understanding that is essential to  sustaining wildlife and maintaining healthy ecosystems and water resources that are relied upon across Asia.

China’s nomination has wrongly branded Kokoxili as a ‘no man’s land’ rather than a nomad’s land. A recent report by IUCN, which undertook a mission for UNESCO, reported that “there are 35 households of 156 herders within the nominated property, and 222 households of 985 herders and 250 other residents in the buffer zone.” Gabriel Lafitte has established this is a total of 1,391 humans, all Tibetan, living in the 75,000 sq kms designated area. In China’s 2000 Census, the Tibetan population of the two counties making up this area (Drito and Chumarleb) was around 47,000, suggesting that a huge swathe of Tibetan nomads were removed from the area prior to the initiation of the UNESCO World Heritage nomination process.

By denying the historic evidence of Tibetan human presence in the area China are putting forward information to the World Heritage Committee that not only ignores the essential part Tibetans have played in sustaining this unique landscape, but justifying inscription of the nominated area by wrongly claiming that human beings are not, and have not been, reliant on this area.  

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“The Importance of Protecting the Environment of Tibet and the Himalayas” @tibetsociety @karmapa

“The Importance of Protecting the Environment of Tibet and the Himalayas”
A Special Talk by His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa at Royal Asiatic Society, London on 23 May 2017.

At the invitation of Tibet Society, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa gave a special talk on the “Importance of Protecting the Environment of Tibet and the Himalayas” at the Royal Asiatic Society. The Rt. Hon Norman Baker chaired this special talk with a Q&A session.

His Holiness the 17th Karmapa has a keen interest in the environment and considers it to be the 21st century’s biggest challenge. His talk dealt with the fragile environmental situation in Tibet which is the source of Asia’s major rivers that benefit millions of people who live in countries such as India, Pakistan, China and Bangladesh.

He is the inspiration behind Khoryug [Environment in Tibetan] which is a network of Buddhist educational institutions in the Himalayas working together to protect the environment of the Himalayan region whilst emphasising the values of compassion and interdependence to our common Earth and all beings that live on it.

His Holiness the 17th Karmapa has said, “Whatever it is that I do, I want it to have a long term visible impact and for it to be practical. If I have the opportunity, I would most like to restore the natural environment in the Himalayas and Tibet, and to especially protect the forests, the water and wildlife of this region.”

This special event was organised by Tibet Society.

The Tibet Society acknowledges the support and cooperation from Tsurphu Labrang, Chonyi Wisdom Charity and the Royal Asiatic Society. Our special thanks to Mr Rinzin Wangyal for documenting this special event.

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Third Pole National Park: China accused of ‘Highland Clearances’ with #Tibet park UNESCO bid

CHINA has been accused of launching a campaign similar to the Highland Clearances, with plans to turn Tibet into one of the world’s biggest national parks.

The plans, which have been submitted to UNESCO, would mean great swathes of the Tibetan plateau, known as “the roof of the world”, would be included in the site, dwarfing others around the globe.

The proposed national park is being dubbed the Third Pole National Park because the plateau and mountains, including part of the Himalayas, resemble the polar regions.

According to the South China Morning Post, Beijing says the main purpose of the national park is conservation, which would mean limiting a wide range of economic activities and might force some residents to move.

Yet critics say the plan is part of the long-running campaign by Chinese authorities to control Tibet, which has a tumultuous history around its autonomy.

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According to the Hong Kong newspaper, if approved, the park would be more than 2.5 million square km, overshadowing the world’s current largest in Greenland at 972,000 square km.

However, unlike the Northeast Greenland National Park, which is unpopulated, the proposed park would affect a native population of around 7.8m.

Chinese authorities claim some of this human impact threatens the region’s fragile environment and overgrazing is degrading precious grasslands.

According to the organisation Free Tibet, this would mean the end of Tibetan nomadic life in the region, with the ancient and environmentally-sustainable cultures being lost as a result.

It said: “Numerous scientific reports have corroborated the claim that nomads have a beneficial impact on local ecosystems while campaign groups are concerned that further enforced settlement of nomadic communities will devastate the language, culture and lifestyle of millennia-old peoples.”

Scotland currently has a targeted cross-party Tibet group whose aim is to facilitate the building of relations between the Scottish Parliament, Tibet and its people and those interested in the region.

Its chair, the SNP’s Linda Fabiani, said members of the group had long been concerned about the ongoing clearances of traditional settlements in Tibet.

She said: “The plans for this national park are massive and there is much suspicion that the motivation is less about protection of the land than political expediency related to mineral extraction and ongoing plans.

“The environmental degradation of the Tibetan plateau, displacement of people and disruption of traditional ways of life is ongoing in Tibet, with any protest being silenced or crushed. Extremely sad.”

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Tibet has been in and out of the sphere of Chinese influence for centuries, spending some periods functioning as an independent country and others being ruled by Chinese and Mongolian dynasties.

In 1950 China sent in thousands of troops to enforce its claim on the region, with some areas becoming known as the Tibetan Autonomous Region and other parts incorporated into Chinese provinces.

The Dalai Lama, the area’s exiled spiritual leader, fled to India in 1959.

China, which has a long-standing prohibition of separatism, considers the 81-year-old monk a separatist seeking Tibet’s independence. However, the Buddhist leader says he merely advocates substantial autonomy and protection of the region’s native culture.

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Currently he heads the Central Tibetan Administration, commonly known as the Tibetan government-in-exile, alongside prime minister Lobsang Sangay, in India.

China has said Tibet has developed considerably under its rule, but rights groups say the country has violated human rights and accuse it of political and religious repression.

The International Campaign for Tibet, a group fronted by high-profile supporter Richard Gere, said many of the existing mines and dams in resource-rich Tibet will be “drawn around” by zoning authorities, leaving a “patchwork” national park that conveniently bypasses some of the principal water controls and mineral extraction drives.

Others believe the plan may also be part of a process of further boosting tourism numbers to the unspoilt lands of Tibet – in effect creating a giant Tibetan Disneyland.

Speaking in the South China Morning Post, Professor Liu Jingshi, researcher with the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, said the Third Pole National Park, if established, would be difficult to manage due to its unprecedented size.

He said it took the United States government decades to figure out how to manage Yellowstone, the world’s first national park, established in 1872. The Third Pole would be more than 250 times larger and with a different kind of natural landscape.

According to reports, UNESCO authorities are set to decide on the fate of the controversial park project on July 2.

The Chinese consulate was approached for a comment.

China is accused of ‘Highland Clearances’ with Tibet park UNESCO bid

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China is accused of ‘Highland Clearances’ with Tibet park bid

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