Tibetan Independence Movement

First steps on a long journey

He is the most protected and the most mysterious person in China. Perhaps we should not even address him as a 'person', because to many he is more than that.

Monday, 30 April, 2012, 12:00am

Beijing won't let up on the dalai lama

A senior Communist Party official vowed Beijing would continue its 'vigorous struggle' against the Dalai Lama, state media said yesterday.

It is the first time a senior official in charge of Tibetan affairs issued such a strongly-worded statement after a spate of self-immolations by Tibetans in protest against Chinese rule.

8 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Dalai Lama attacked over stand on fiery protests

The mainland's top official newspaper lambasted the Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, yesterday for condoning a spate of self-immolations by his followers to protest against Chinese rule, accusing religious figures close to him of leading them towards 'religious extremism'.

26 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

The road to enlightenment

When her best friend died from leukaemia last year, Ran Jing made a promise to herself; she would travel to Tibet as soon as she graduated from high school. Her classmate had been a Buddhist, and it had been her dream to see Lhasa.

20 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Dalai Lama retirement 'a wave in a swim pool'

A top Tibetan official said yesterday that the Dalai Lama's decision to give up his political power would have only limited effects on the region, adding that the Tibetan spiritual leader's continued negotiations with China would not be affected by his retirement from the government-in-exile.

20 May 2011 - 12:00am

Cadres learn to become spin doctors to handle foreign media in Tibet

Fifty cadres from ethnic Tibetan areas are being trained as foreign propaganda specialists in an unprecedented three-month programme that is part of China's international public relations campaign.

26 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Escape from the Land of Snows

Escape from the Land of Snows by Stephan Talty Crown Publishers HK$208

Two of the 20th century's most extreme regimes faced each other across the barricades in March 1959, in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa.

16 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Dalai Lama chats with mainland Twitter users

Beijing should learn from former leader Hu Yaobang's fact-based work style to solve problems in Tibet and misunderstandings between Tibetans and Han Chinese, the Dalai Lama told an online chat with mainland Twitter users yesterday.

22 May 2010 - 12:00am

Final say on next Dalai Lama is ours, Beijing says

Beijing has indicated that it will not negotiate the selection of a successor to the ageing Dalai Lama with him, insisting that it has the final decision on the reincarnated successors to the Buddhist region's top lamas.

Padma Choling, governor of the Tibet Autonomous Region, said there was no need now to discuss the issues related to the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama.

8 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Protesters greet Dalai Lama as he arrives at Taipei hotel

The Dalai Lama yesterday completed his mission to comfort typhoon victims in southern Taiwan and checked in at a Taipei hotel, where he was confronted by about 200 pro-unification protesters who questioned the nature of his visit.

3 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

HK activists to set up Tibetan association

Several activists from the fringe of Hong Kong's pan-democratic camp are planning to set up a friendship group to promote 'Tibetan culture' following their meeting with the Dalai Lama.

24 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

The waiting-game strategy raises doubts

Beijing appears confident in playing what is essentially a waiting game with the Dalai Lama over Tibet, but some experts say there are good reasons to question that confidence.

The central leadership points to its economic integration policies, which feature generous state subsidies and the influx of non-Tibetan settlers.

16 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

April Fool's days in Tibet

'Spend April Fool's Day in Tibet' might be the next Chinese travel agency slogan. Although the Chinese government claims that Tibet continues to be open to foreign visitors, agencies and hotels maintain that no visits will be allowed until April 1.

7 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Beijing hopes Tibetan leader will alter stance

Beijing hopes that the Dalai Lama will return to a 'patriotic stand', according to a senior mainland official in Washington on Tuesday.

11 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Hope now for progress on Tibet and peaceful Games

The Olympic torch relay made its way through Lhasa yesterday amid heavy security, including a curfew. The most politically sensitive leg of the relay, originally scheduled for three days was, following the Sichuan earthquake, first shortened to one day and then to eight hours. In the end, it was completed in just two hours. Thankfully, it finished without any violence or disruption.

22 Jun 2008 - 12:00am