THE COLD WAR IN ASIA – “AMERICA FIRST – TIBET ON THE BACK BURNER” STRATEGY DOOMED

THE COLD WAR IN ASIA – “AMERICA FIRST – TIBET ON THE BACK BURNER” STRATEGY DOOMED

The Cold War in Asia began with spread of Communism to mainland China. It is no surprise if President Trump thinks of China as ‘Security Threat’. However, American infatuation with Communist China is not over. Americans are not yet ready to come to grips with realities of world dominated by Socialism with Chinese Characteristics. “America First – Tibet on The Back Burner” Strategy is Doomed.

Rudranarasimham Rebbapragada
DOOM DOOMA DOOMSAYER

CHINA CONDEMNS US ‘COLD WAR MENTALITY’ ON NATIONAL SECURITY

Clipped from: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42409148

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Chinese President Xi Jinping has enjoyed a cordial relationship with Donald Trump
China has condemned the “Cold War mentality” of the White House after the publication of a new US national security policy.
The document labels China and Russia as “rival powers” and lays out a number of potential threats they pose.
The new strategy said Beijing and other governments were determined to challenge American power.
But China’s foreign ministry criticized the strategy report, saying Washington should “abandon outdated notions”.
Spokeswoman Hua Chunying said: “No country or report will succeed in distorting facts or deploying malicious slander.
“We urge the US side to stop intentionally distorting China’s strategic intentions and to abandon outdated ideas of Cold War mentality and the zero-sum game.”
Russia also responded to the new strategy by saying it “cannot accept” that it is treated as a threat.
It also criticized what it said was the “imperialist character” of the document.
· Trump’s pragmatic view of troubled world
In the new US national security strategy, China and Russia are said to “challenge American power, influence and interests, attempting to erode American security and prosperity”.
“They are determined to make economies less free and less fair, to grow their militaries, and to control information and data to repress their societies and expand their influence.”

The new national security strategy contains a range of claims about China, including:
· China and Russia “are developing advanced weapons and capabilities” that could threaten the US
· Competitors such as China “steal US intellectual property valued at hundreds of billions of dollars”
· China and Russia are investing in the developing world “to expand influence and gain competitive advantages” over the US
· In Europe, China is gaining a foothold “by expanding its unfair trade practices and investing in key industries”
· China also “seeks to pull the [Central America] region into its orbit through state-led investments and loans”
Some of the claims have been made before, but the new document casts them as part of a battle for dominance.

Analysis: Friends or rivals?

The BBC’s Robin Brant in Shanghai
First at his golf club in Florida, then at the Forbidden City in Beijing, President Trump has taken every opportunity to say how close a friendship he’s built with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.
But now the official version is rivals – not friends. The classification sends a clear message about America’s changing stance towards a rising China, a China that’s made no secret of its plan to significantly expand its navy, assert more regional authority and expand its influence further abroad through a massive state-backed investment push.
Economic rivalry is crucial to this dynamic. The Trump administration is investigating China for what it alleges is the dumping of artificially cheap aluminum products on US markets. It has threatened to do the same on steel exports.
Ahead of the document’s publication, there were reports that the National Security Strategy would classify China as an economic “aggressor”, but that did not appear in the final version.
Strategy documents are often released with little ceremony, but President Trump appeared at a special event to mark the release of the new strategy.
In a speech about his new strategy, Mr. Trump said the US faced a new era of competition, and that China and Russia were the primary threats to US economic dominance.
But, he said, the US must attempt to build a “great partnership with them”.
Mr. Trump described “four pillars” to his new plan: protecting the homeland, promoting American prosperity, demonstrating peace through strength and advancing American influence.
The 68-page document, which White House officials began work on 11 months ago, suggests a return to Mr. Trump’s campaign promise of “America First”.

In his speech, Mr. Trump referred to his election victory, saying that in 2016 voters chose to “Make America Great Again”.
Previous American leaders had “drifted” and “lost sight of America’s destiny” he said, standing before a backdrop of American flags.
“Now less than one year later I am proud to report that the entire world has heard the news and has seen the signs,” he said.
“America is coming back and America is coming back strong.”
He also outlined his campaign promise to build a wall on the border with Mexico, as well as reform of the immigration visa system.
The new policy stresses economic security but does not recognize climate change as a national security threat.
His predecessor, Barack Obama, in 2015 declared climate change an “urgent and growing threat to our national security”.

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DECEMBER 16, 2017 – WHO CARES FOR MY FREEDOM?

DECEMBER 16, 2017 – WHO CARES FOR MY FREEDOM?

The Living Tibetan Spirits-Major General Sujan Singh Uban ...
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On Saturday December 16, 2017 I have no other person to join me to mourn the loss of my Freedom while Indians celebrate “VIJAY DIWAS” or Victory Day in remembrance of December 16, 1971 when India declared victory in its war against Pakistan leading to Liberation of Bangladesh.

In November-December 1971, I witnessed the loss of lives of young Tibetan soldiers during military action in Chittagong Hill Tracts. I host their spirits in my living consciousness.

Today, I find no other person, or organization willing to acknowledge the fact of losing lives of Tibetan soldiers. There is no Prime Minister, there is no President, there is no Spiritual Leader, there is no Defence Minister, there is no Army Chief, and there is no Secret Service Agency willing to acknowledge the loss of life while we took part in Operation Eagle, Bangladesh Ops that initiated Liberation of Bangladesh. I have no one to share my grief. I have no one who may extend sympathy. I have no one to give me hope. I have no one to promise Freedom down the road while my life’s journey is marching towards its inevitable destination.

Rudranarasimham Rebbapragada
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-4162 USA
SPECIAL FRONTIER FORCE

SPECIAL FRONTIER FORCE PAYS TRIBUTE TO INDIAN ARMED FORCES ON VIJAY DIWAS

On behalf of Special Frontier Force, I join the nation to pay tribute to members and families of Indian Armed Forces to honor the soldiers who lost their lives in the 1971 India-Pakistan War.

Rudranarasimham Rebbapragada
SPECIAL FRONTIER FORCE

Vijay Diwas: Nirmala Sitharaman, armed forces pay tributes to heroes of 1971 war

On Vijay Diwas, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and top brass of the armed forces paid tributes to the soldiers who lost their lives in the 1971 India-Pakistan war
PTI

Nirmala Sitharaman, army chief General Bipin Rawat, vice chief of the Indian Navy Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar P. and chief of the air staff Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa laid wreaths at the Amar Jawan Jyoti in India Gate on Vijay Diwas. Photo: PTI
New Delhi: Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman and top brass of the armed forces on Saturday paid tributes to the soldiers who lost their lives in the 1971 India-Pakistan war, which paved the way for the creation of Bangladesh.
Sitharaman, army chief General Bipin Rawat, chief of the air staff Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa and vice chief of the Indian Navy Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar P. laid wreaths at the Amar Jawan Jyoti in India Gate, paying respect to the fallen heroes of the war.

“On #VijayDiwas, the nation remembers the courage & sacrifice of soldiers in Indo-Pak war of 1971 which led to the stunning victory of India over Pakistan,” the Defence Minister tweeted.

Vijay Diwas is commemorated on this day every year to mark India’s victory over Pakistan in the war, which had led to the creation of Bangladesh. On 16 December 1971, nearly 93,000 Pakistani soldiers had raised white flags and surrendered to the Indian Army. The victory followed the creation of Bangladesh (then East Pakistan).

A number of functions were organized in Delhi and elsewhere to commemorate India’s victory over Pakistan.

First Published: Sat, Dec 16 2017. 08 21 PM IST

Topics: Vijay Diwas Nirmala Sitharaman Bipin Rawat India Gate India Pakistan War

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SPECIAL FRONTIER FORCE PAYS TRIBUTE TO INDIAN ARMED FORCES ON VIJAY DIWAS

SPECIAL FRONTIER FORCE PAYS TRIBUTE TO INDIAN ARMED FORCES ON VIJAY DIWAS

On behalf of Special Frontier Force, I join the nation to pay tribute to members and families of Indian Armed Forces to honor the soldiers who lost their lives in the 1971 India-Pakistan War.

Rudranarasimham Rebbapragada
SPECIAL FRONTIER FORCE

Vijay Diwas: Nirmala Sitharaman, armed forces pay tributes to heroes of 1971 war

On Vijay Diwas, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and top brass of the armed forces paid tributes to the soldiers who lost their lives in the 1971 India-Pakistan war
PTI

Nirmala Sitharaman, army chief General Bipin Rawat, vice chief of the Indian Navy Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar P. and chief of the air staff Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa laid wreaths at the Amar Jawan Jyoti in India Gate on Vijay Diwas. Photo: PTI
New Delhi: Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman and top brass of the armed forces on Saturday paid tributes to the soldiers who lost their lives in the 1971 India-Pakistan war, which paved the way for the creation of Bangladesh.
Sitharaman, army chief General Bipin Rawat, chief of the air staff Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa and vice chief of the Indian Navy Vice Admiral Ajit Kumar P. laid wreaths at the Amar Jawan Jyoti in India Gate, paying respect to the fallen heroes of the war.

“On #VijayDiwas, the nation remembers the courage & sacrifice of soldiers in Indo-Pak war of 1971 which led to the stunning victory of India over Pakistan,” the Defence Minister tweeted.

Vijay Diwas is commemorated on this day every year to mark India’s victory over Pakistan in the war, which had led to the creation of Bangladesh. On 16 December 1971, nearly 93,000 Pakistani soldiers had raised white flags and surrendered to the Indian Army. The victory followed the creation of Bangladesh (then East Pakistan).

A number of functions were organized in Delhi and elsewhere to commemorate India’s victory over Pakistan.

First Published: Sat, Dec 16 2017. 08 21 PM IST

Topics: Vijay Diwas Nirmala Sitharaman Bipin Rawat India Gate India Pakistan War

Copyright © 2017 HT Media Ltd. All Rights Reserved

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THE COLD WAR IN ASIA – THE DALAI LAMA WANTS TO RETURN HOME

THE COLD WAR IN ASIA – THE DALAI LAMA WANTS TO RETURN HOME

THE COLD WAR IN ASIA – THE DALAI LAMA WANTS TO RETURN HOME

I am sharing my perspective on behalf of Special Frontier Force with which I maintain lifetime affiliation apart from my military service at Establishment No. 22 from September 1971 to December 1974. I often describe myself as Doom Dooma Doomsayer and describe Doomed American China Fantasy as ‘Doomed Gun of Doom Dooma’.

My journey to Doom Dooma, Tinsukia District, Assam started in Mylapore, Madras or Chennai and I describe it as Kasturi-Sarvepalli-Madras-India-Tibet-US Connection. On my maternal side, I am related to Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan who served as first Vice President of India for two consecutive terms(1952-62) and as second President of India from 1962-67. Most political analysts recognize Dr Radhakrishnan as a philosopher and give him no credit for his role as India’s diplomat during The Cold War Era. In my analysis, I describe Special Frontier Force as military organization that symbolizes military treaty or military pact between Tibet, India, and the US. Both India, and the US recognize His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama as the Supreme Ruler of Tibet and hence he is in a position to enter into agreements with other nations. Due to Cold War Era secret diplomacy, the agreement between Tibet, India, and the US remains as a secret while China could easily expose its true purpose and mission. For China knows the secret, I want to affirm that our military mission is that of securing Freedom, Democracy, Peace, and Justice in Occupied Tibet. The Dalai Lama Institution of Tibetan Government for all practical purposes represents Tibetan Right to Self-Governance, and can be called Tibetan Democratic way of life.
I am indeed sad, disappointed, frustrated, disenchanted by Trump presidency and there is no excuse for not agreeing for Trump-Dalai Lama meeting at The White House. Trump’s America or Americans First Policy goes against American values of celebrating Freedom, Democracy, Peace, and Human Rights. President Trump has to know that The Cold War in Asia is not over. Americans fought bloody battles in Korea and Vietnam. Those wars do not represent warfare against Koreans or Vietnamese people. Those military conflicts represent the policy of engagement to confront, and contain and even neutralize the security threat posed by Communism. China’s One-Party governance or Communism remains a regional as well as global threat to Freedom, Democracy, Peace, and Human Rights. USA has no choice and has to choose its partners or allies to resist the danger of Communism.
I want to remind our readers not to ignore or underestimate the role of Natural Forces that shaped the reality of independent lifestyles of Tibetans over centuries. Indian Landmass continues to thrust against Asian Landmass, and the Himalayas continue to rise in height. I have no concern for man’s ability to use physical force to shape earthly events. I share the vision of Prophet Isiah and Prophet John( Book of Revelation) and predict heavenly strike against the Evil Empire code-named as “Babylon.”

Rudranarasimham Rebbapragada
SPECIAL FRONTIER FORCE

THE DALAI LAMA WANTS TO RETURN HOME

Clipped from: https://thewire.in/201726/dalai-lama-india-china-tibet/

Is India bracing for the potential fallout?


The Chinese national flag is raised during a ceremony marking the 96th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC) at Potala Palace in Lhasa in July 2017. Credit: Reuters/CNS/He Penglei
The impact of the 19th Communist Party of China congress and affirmation of President Xi Jinping as China’s ‘most powerful’ leader in decades seems already to be having a bearing on India – especially on the ‘Tibet Issue’ that deeply intersects with the boundary problem. Is India bracing for the potential fallout?
There may be more to the Dalai Lama’s desire to return home than meets the eye. The Tibetan leader’s November 23 statement – “The past is past, Tibetans want to stay with China” – carries a serious political overtone, coming as it does immediately after the 19th party congress and the Doklam standoff between India and China.
The Dalai Lama’s statement that he is “not seeking independence for Tibet and wishing to stay with China” is not new; however, his declaration that “he would return to Tibet at once, if China agrees” has sparked fresh speculation of a possible rapprochement with Beijing.
The sign of rapid thawing strangely comes on the heels of President Donald Trump’s recent visit to Beijing. Most likely, Trump wouldn’t have made Tibet a pressure point in his dealings with Beijing; rather he would have dumped the Dalai Lama (whom the US fostered for over half a century) on the altar of a better trade deal and for securing China’s commitment to exert more pressure on North Korea. During the trip US officials made to Dharamsala prior to Trump’s visit, this prospect would probably have been discussed.
The inevitability of this change was clear when the US had started faltering on Tibet even earlier, when Barack Obama had to welcome the Dalai Lama through the back door of the White House, signaling Washington’s inability to withstand Beijing’s pressure.
Trump was not even inclined to embrace the issue, as he refused to meet the Tibetan leader and instead proposed zero aid in 2018 to the Tibetans, reversing the decades-old American policy. The State Department has also not appointed a special coordinator for Tibet.
Surely it couldn’t have been a coincidence that a week after Trump’s China visit, the Dalai Lama abruptly selected two personal emissaries (for an indefinite period) to represent him in all ‘global engagements’. He has cited increasing physical fatigue, but the decision to appoint two “trusted friends” – former ‘prime minister-in-exile‘ Samdong Rinpoche and current president of the ‘government in exile’, Lobsang Sangay – was meant to send a calibrated signal to China.
Anyway, the Dalai Lama has been working on a new plan – 5/50 vision – that envisaged a five-year strategy for returning to dialogue with China, but preparing for a 50-year struggle if needed – along the “hope for the best and prepare for the worst” proverb. The 5/50 strategy reaffirmed his middle way approach (Umaylam) as a realistic political means of realizing the dual aim of his early return to Tibet and fulfilling the aspirations of the Tibetan people.
Appointing personal emissaries satisfies China. Beijing has been emphatically asking the Dalai Lama to stop travelling to Western capitals, if talks are to be resumed. At the 19th party congress, the Tibet Work Forum chief told reporters that international figures have no excuse for meeting with the Dalai Lama. Recently, the Dalai Lama even had to abort his planned visit to Botswana, citing physical “exhaustion”.
Within this rapidly-unfolding scenario, the Dalai Lama appears to have sent Samdong on a discreet visit to Kunming (China). Samdong’s visit, starting from mid November, must have been facilitated by no less than You Quan – newly-appointed head of the United Front Work Department that overseas Tibetan affairs. You Quan, who formerly served as party secretary of Fujian, is a close associate of President Xi. He had earlier successfully dealt with Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan’s business communities.
Clearly, Samdong’s visit forms part of the first five-year plan to engage with China, while Lobsang Sangay’s 17-day tour to Europe and Canada is meant to sustain the struggle for the next 50 years, if the first plan fails.
Will the talks succeed now? In the past, Chinese leaders stymied the Dalai Lama’s desire to return to Tibet. But there is a distinct possibility that it may bear fruit this time.
First, Xi, widely known to have a soft spot for Tibet, hitherto kept his own approach close to his chest, fearing resistance from hardliners. Unlike others, he held the view that the prospects for solving the Tibet problem would peter out once the Dalai Lama is no more. Xi now finds himself in a perfect position to resolve the issue as no other Chinese leader could do in the past, for he also stands to gain personally both in political and moral terms, to become the most credible leader in China’s history.
Second, the Dalai Lama too long hoped for Xi to change tack, as he hailed him as “realist” and “open-minded” in contrast to his predecessors. In fact, the Tibetan leader has admitted to having received positive signals from top Chinese officials, especially from the moderate elements as streams of Han Chinese flocked to meet him during Xi’s first term. In May this year, the party was shocked to find their own party members clandestinely funding the Dalai Lama.
But, most critically, Tibetans living inside Tibet may have pressured the Dalai Lama to seize the opportunity and resolve differences during Xi’s second term, before the window for a deal closes a few years from now.
With time running out fast, the Dalai Lama can be anything but hopeful. He has been steadily losing international support in the face of China’s rise as a world power. No longer does any country dare to receive the Dalai Lama officially.
Apart from his own ageing, the Tibetan leader faces the challenge of keeping his flock together. For example, the delay in reaching a solution causes anxiety, uncertainty and division among his people. Even inside Tibet, rising frustration and hopelessness have been highlighted by people resorting to self-immolation. The number stands at 149 so far.
And so, in what must be an embarrassing climb-down for the exiled Tibetan leaders, all they can do now is settle for the cause of “development”, besides hoping that the Chinese will not resort to repression of the Tibetan people.
Therefore, in a way, we are likely witness the curtains finally being drawn on Tibet’s quest for an independent state. Tim Johnson knew this when he aptly titled his book Tragedy in Crimson: How the Dalai Lama Conquered the World but Lost the Battle with China.
And finally, for India, the question is whether New Delhi has any role to play in this rapidly-evolving scene, and if so under what political parameters. There is no sign of anyone having even considered the impact of this. But to be cautious, any Sino-Tibetan deal would seriously risk undercutting India’s position on the boundary dispute with China.
Seemingly fretful about impending developments, the Dalai Lama now finds himself walking a political tightrope by espousing reconciliation between India and China, “living peacefully by putting the differences aside”. He maintained a hands-off position and tried not to get drawn even into the Doklam standoff – instead calling for a peaceful solution. One hopes he is successful this time.
P. Stobdan, a former Indian ambassador, specializes in Chinese, Tibetan, Mongolian and Uighur affairs.

US POLICY ON OPPRESSION IN TIBET: TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE

US POLICY ON OPPRESSION IN TIBET: TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE

US policy on ‘Oppression in Tibet’ serves no purpose for it is ‘too little, too late’. US has to make a fundamental determination of Tibet’s status as an independent nation prior to Communist China’s invasion in 1950. US has to declare the illegal nature of China’s conquest of Tibet.
I ask the United States to state clearly that Tibet was not part of China before the invasion, while also declaring that China has violated international law.

Rudranarasimham Rebbapragada
SPECIAL FRONTIER FORCE

ACTOR RICHARD GERE: IN TIBET, ‘OPPRESSION CANNOT BE TOLERATED’

Clipped from: http://wjla.com/news/entertainment/actor-richard-gere

Richard Gere at House Foreign Relations Committee’s Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) – Members of the House Foreign Relations Committee’s Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific met Wednesday to discuss U.S. policy toward Tibet.; more specifically, working toward greater access, religious freedom and human rights for Tibetan citizens.
Two bills pending before the subcommittee were highlighted. The H.R.1872 —Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act of 2017 would require the U.S. State Department to submit a list to Congress of senior Chinese officials in leadership positions for review. Congress would then determine the officials’ level of access to the United States contingent with the access U.S. officials are granted to Tibetan areas in China.

The second bill, H.Con.Res.89, maintains that United States policy toward Tibet and treatment of the Tibetan people should remain a factor in U.S. relations with China.
Subcommittee Chairman Ted Yoho, R- Fla., discussed the ways in which the Tibetan people have had their human rights and civil liberties encroached upon.
“Human rights and personal freedoms in Tibet are already in a poor and worsening state,” Yoho said. “According to a 2016 Human Rights report, the government of China engages in the severe repression of Tibet’s unique cultural and linguistic heritage by among other means strictly curtailing the civil rights of the Tibetan population, including the freedoms of speech, religion, association, assembly and movement.”
The congressman added that the flow of information is heavily restricted to Tibet by China.

“Tibet remains extremely isolated. The flow of information in and out of Tibet is tightly restricted,” Yoho said. “Tibetans are prevented from obtaining passports and moving freely and foreigners especially journalists and officials are frequently denied access.”
Ranking Member of the Subcommittee Brad Sherman, D- Calif., said in 2015 China expressed they had no intentions of granting autonomy to Tibet.
“China’s suppression of Tibet has continued and intensified. China has not held discussions about Tibet’s status with the Dalai Lama’s representatives since January 2010,” Sherman said.
Sherman then asked the lawmakers to take a stronger stance with China when conducting trade business.
“To think that we allow China to exercise that kind of control while giving them free access to our markets is something Congress needs to review,” Sherman said.
Chairman Emeritus of the Committee on Foreign Affairs Ileana Ros Lehtinen, R- Fla., also made a statement: “Tibet has been pushed to the periphery of U.S. foreign policy.”
One of the hearing’s key witnesses was award-winning actor Richard Gere. Human rights advocacy is a subject Gere has testified on before Congress in previous hearings. He also famously took a moment during the 1993 Oscar awards to ask former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping to “take his troops, take the Chinese away from Tibet and allow these people to live as free and independent people again.”

During Wednesday’s hearing, Gere spoke to the committee as the chair of the board of directors for the International Campaign for Tibet. He told lawmakers he was touched by their support from both sides of the aisle.
“I am totally knocked out by the words I’m hearing from all of you,” Gere said. “I think everyone in this room is feeling this from a deep place. How important this is maybe not strategically but humanly and what it means to us as Americans to be coming from this place of universal responsibility protecting the welfare and human rights of everyone on this planet.”
He thanked Congress for awarding the Dalai Lama with the Congressional Gold Medal in 2007. He emphasized that the current human rights issues in Tibet strike at the core of American values.
“The respect for the identity of a people, of their religion, is something the American people understand very well and deeply care about,” Gere said. “Before being politicians or actors, we are human beings who understand that oppression cannot be tolerated; you understand that all human beings have the right to the pursuit of happiness and to avoid suffering.”
Gere also said that while President Donald Trump did discuss human rights with China during his most reason trip to Asia, he did not publicly highlight Tibet and the need for reopening a dialogue between Chinese officials and the Dalai Lama. He said it important for there to be reciprocity in diplomatic relations, not only in trade — but in freedom of movement and information.

Hearing Witness Director of the Tibetan Service, Radio Free Asia, Tenzin Tethong, spoke candidly about the difficulty in getting fact-based news reports to the Tibetan people and the struggle their reporters go through to gain access to Tibet.
“It’s extremely difficult for any of our journalists to have normal access to Tibet, which ranks among the world’s worst media environments after North Korea,” Tethong said. “Nevertheless, many of them maintain various levels of contact with vast networks of trusted sources inside who can provide tips, leads, images, video, and confirmation of events.”
Tethong claims that China has become more forceful with comprehensive censorship and propaganda in Tibet.
Hearing witness and President of the National Endowment for Democracy Carl Gershman, asserted that China’s behavior toward Tibet has actually worsened in comparison to previous leaders.
“In fact, the threat posed by China to the world order has increased with its growing economic power, and repression is worse today than at any time since the death of Mao Zedong four decades ago,” Gershman said. “In addition to the systematic effort to destroy the Tibetan religion, language, culture, and distinct national identity, China has flooded Tibet with Han Chinese settlers, placed monasteries under direct government control, arrested and tortured writers, and forcibly resettled more than two million nomads in urban areas, destroying their traditional way of life and disrupting the fragile ecosystem of the Tibet Plateau”
Gershman called on the United States to state clearly that Tibet was not part of China before the invasion, while also declaring that China has violated international law.
“We also need to remember that the struggle for Tibetan rights cannot be separated from the fight for human rights and freedom in China,” Gershman said.

NO TRUMP MEETING WITH DALAI LAMA – NO WASHINGTON TRAVEL PLAN FOR DALAI LAMA

NO TRUMP MEETING WITH DALAI LAMA – NO WASHINGTON TRAVEL PLAN FOR DALAI LAMA

NO TRUMP MEETING WITH DALAI LAMA – NO WASHINGTON TRAVEL PLAN FOR DALAI LAMA

President Trump’s disinterest to meet with Dalai Lama has some consequences. Apart from Washington, Dalai Lama is making no plan to visit foreign capitals and is unwilling to meet with foreign officials. Dalai Lama not only appointed personal emissaries but also sent his personal emissary to meet with Chinese officials.

In my analysis, Dalai Lama took this action to communicate his discontentment, dissatisfaction, and disappointment with Trump presidency which degraded, devalued, and dehumanized Tibetan Suffering.

Rudranarasimham Rebbapragada
SPECIAL FRONTIER FORCE

CITING FATIGUE, DALAI LAMA APPOINTS PERSONAL EMISSARIES

Clipped from: Citing Fatigue, Dalai Lama Appoints Personal Emissaries

Citing Fatigue, Dalai Lama Appoints Personal Emissaries

Two close advisers authorized to represent Tibetan spiritual leader globally



Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama sits on his ceremonial chair as he presides over the inauguration of the Namgyal Monastery School in Dharamsala, India, Nov. 2, 2017.
WASHINGTON —
The Dalai Lama says he has appointed emissaries to attend international engagements or speak on his behalf indefinitely.
Citing increasing physical fatigue, the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader made the comments while meeting with a group of international youth leaders brought to Dharamsala, India, by the Washington-based Institute of Peace.
“I’m 82 years old, and since last year [my] feeling of tiredness has been much increased,” he told the group during video-recorded meetings last week.
Because he may not be able to maintain a regular international travel schedule, he said, the president of Tibet’s current government-in-exile, Lobsang Sangay, along with prominent Buddhist scholar and former prime minister in exile, Samdong Rinpoche, would act as his official emissaries.
These “trusted friends, they know my thinking,” he said. “Our work, continuously, should be more active [and internationally engaged], so in these two persons,” he said, pointing to Lobsang and Samdong, “I have full trust.”
Looking to the dialogue moderator, USIP President Nancy Lindborg, the Dalai Lama said: “If your side … or your government’s side” has concerns, “then these two persons, either one, can participate as my representative or my personal emissary.”
Penpa Tsering, representative for the Office of Tibet in Washington, which represents the Tibetan government-in-exile, downplayed the significance of the Dalai Lama’s statement.

FILE – President of the Tibetan administration in exile Lobsang Sangay, center, greets a child as he arrives to attend the founding anniversary celebrations at the Tibetan Children’s Village School in Dharamsala, India, Oct. 23, 2017.
“I think this was more of a general statement,” he told VOA. “His holiness is sometimes too tired to travel, and his April visit to the United States has been suspended indefinitely, but he will continue to travel in India, and Europe is only a seven hour flight.”
Adding that Lobsang’s presidential term is limited to five years, and the fact that Samdong has long served as a kind of unofficial deputy to the Dalai Lama, he said the November 6 comments do not represent a major diversion or change in Dharamsala’s official representation on the world stage.
Symbol of Tibet
However, Carole McGranahan, a University of Colorado anthropologist and historian of Tibet, says although prioritizing the Dalai Lama’s health requires a reduction in his international travel schedule, his physical absence from global engagements cannot be substituted via proxy.
“So much of the goodwill and attention Tibet receives in the world is due to his holiness, and specifically due to his personal interactions with world leaders and with the large audiences he draws around the world. His deep wisdom, his humor and charisma, his serious attention to pressing world issues, and, of course, his model of compassion and leadership, make a deep impression on people,” she told VOA’s Tibetan Service via email.
“For so much of the world, the Dalai Lama is the symbol of Tibet. Will his trusted emissaries be able to achieve the same effects? Of course not, as no one can truly stand in for the Dalai Lama,” she wrote. “They will be able to represent him, but no one can embody the message of Tibet as he does. His holiness’s stepping back from international travel will signal a new era of Tibetan diplomacy in the world.”

FILE – Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama (L) greets Prime Minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile Samdong Rinpoche (R) during celebrations of the 360th anniversary of the creation of the Tibetan government, in Dharamsala, India, June, 5, 2002.
Robert Barnett, director of the Modern Tibet Studies Program at Columbia University, says the decision may be a signal to Beijing.
“Of course, there’s always the possibility that this move is intended as a post-19th Party Congress signal to Beijing of increased openness to a resumption of talks, or possibly even a response to a request from there,” he said. “It certainly should make Zhang Yijiong happier,” he added, referring to Communist Party’s Tibet working group chief, who told reporters on the sidelines of the party congress that international figures have no excuse for meeting with the Dalai Lama.
“Except … it seems unlikely that warhorses of that type can ever be appeased,” Barnett added, again referring to Zhang.
This story originated in VOA’s Tibetan Service. Pete Cobus contributed original reporting.

TRUMP TALKS AND DALAI LAMA LISTENS – DALAI LAMA DISPATCHES ENVOY TO CHINA

TRUMP TALKS AND DALAI LAMA LISTENS – DALAI LAMA DISPATCHES ENVOY TO CHINA

TIBET CONSCIOUSNESS – TIBET PROBLEM ON THE BACK BURNER ...
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Tibet issue remained on ‘The Back Burner’ for a long time. The Supreme Ruler of Tibet is clearly getting tired, frustrated, disappointed, and disenchanted with President Trump’s America or Americans First foreign policy. When Trump talks, the Dalai Lama listens.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama listened to Trump’s demand and I am not surprised to find Tibet’s willingness to Back Off.

Rudranarasimham Rebbapragada
DOOM DOOMA DOOMSAYER

DALAI LAMA’S ENVOY SAMDONG RINPOCHE DISCREETLY VISITED CHINA

Clipped from: http://www.tibetanjournal.com/index.php/2017/12/05/dalai-lamas-envoy-samdhong-rinpoche-visited-china/

In one of the hottest news unfolding recently is that His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s personal emissary, the former Prime Minister of Tibetan government in Exile, His Eminence the Samdong Rinpoche is being said to have made a discreet visit to China! Besides the discussions going on in the Social media, an article in a major online media suggests the same.
“In a rapidly-unfolding development, the Dalai Lama may have sent his envoy Samdong on a discreet visit to Kunming (China). Samdong’s visit, starting from mid November, must have been facilitated by no less than You Quan – newly-appointed head of the United Front Work Department that overseas Tibetan affairs. Quan, who formerly served as party secretary of Fujian, is a close associate of President Xi. He had earlier successfully dealt with Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan’s business communities.” suggested the report in The Wire.
However, there are no any official information available about the visit. The article which titled as ‘The Dalai Lama Wants to Return Home’ suggested that the Dalai Lama appointing the emissaries and lessened foreign visits recently have significantly pleased China.
“Appointing personal emissaries satisfies China. Beijing has been emphatically asking Dalai Lama to stop travelling to Western capitals, if talks are to be resumed. At the 19th party congress, the Tibet Work Forum chief told reporters that international figures have no excuse for meeting with the Dalai Lama. Recently, the Dalai Lama even had to abort his planned visit to Botswana, citing physical “exhaustion”.” added the report.
Besides the article also suggests, the former prime minister’s visit to China meant the working at the Five year’s plan to resolve the Tibet issue while the incumbent Prime Minister Dr. Sangay’s foreign visit during the same period meant the sustaining of Tibet issue for the next fifty years if the need be for the struggle. This discusses about the Five-Fifty policy being endorsed by the Tibetan Administration.
The article also noted that there is some hope in this juncture over the dialogue in view of the fact that the Chinese President Xi is reportedly known for having a soft side for Tibet while His Holiness himself has called President Xi being open minded and a realist leader. However, the facts are yet to be seen and the past is very bitter despite having held more than ten rounds of talks between the two!

Wednesday Words of Wisdom: Listening, not talking – Slouching towards Thatcham
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