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President Xi Jinping and all top seven officials gathered Friday (Nov. 20) to commemorate Chinese reformist leader Hu Yaobang, whose death catalyzed the 1989 pro-democracy protest movement that was brutally crushed on Tiananmen Square in Beijing.

Beijing — A Beijing people’s high court Tuesday (Nov. 34) finally heard journalist Gao Yu’s appeal against the seven-year jail sentence she received in April on a charge of divulging state secrets. Police turned away journalist and diplomats who tried to attend because the court decided to hold the hearing behind closed doors.

India should not change its political path when it comes to Tibet keeping in mind the long traditional relationship between the two countries, union minister Kiren Rijiju said on Saturday.

“India has a long tradition of relations with Tibet and its dharma gurus (religious leaders). India should not change its political path. India is the land of Gautam Buddha and the land of Mahatma Gandhi,” said Rijiju.

The minister of state for home affairs also said it was the Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA government that decided to declare Buddha Jayanti a national holiday.

Rijiju was addressing the Tibetan community at the Palpung Sherabling Monastery (7 km from Baijnath) on the occasion of Guru Padma Sambhava maha puja on Saturday.

Veteran BJP leader and former chief minister Shanta Kumar was also present on the occasion.

“After we formed the government last year, we declared Buddha Jayanti as a national holiday. Earlier, the day was observed by some institutions and in some pockets. I took up the issue of declaring the day as a holiday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and he agreed.

“Indians and Tibetans have a spiritual relationship. Guru Padma Sambhava went to Tibet and at a later day, Buddhism returned to India in its purest form,” said Rijiju.

“The Dalai Lama said India is the guru and Tibet is the ‘chela’ (disciple). But it is a very dependable chela.”

On the occasion, the head of the monastic seat, the 12th Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa remembered his arrival in India as a child of five years in 1959.

“The monastery could be set up in India because of the kindness of the people of India and the government of India. I came here as a child when the Dalai Lama came here. We should thank the people of India. Thank you,” the Tai Situpa said.

Rijiju further stressed the role of religious leaders in containing the threat of violence faced by society.

“Only the government and the security forces cannot stop violence. We have to depend on the dharma gurus to spread the message of peace,” he added.

Dharamshala —Sources coming out of Tibet say that repressive measures undertaken by the Chinese government to silence Tibetan voices and obfuscate the real situation inside Tibet ahead of the US Congressional Delegation's visit which concluded recently.

A Chinese political cartoonist who had lived in Thailand for the past seven years, was arrested three weeks ago at Beijing’s request and was deported back to China. Two other Chinese dissidents were also extradited, highlighting how China’s influence and its oppressive policies are reaching beyond its borders.

The spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai Lama criticized the attackers but also suggested the event should be put in perspective, saying that only a small percentage of people subscribe to violence.

Recent developments in cross-strait relations raise interesting questions for Tibet’s leadership in exile.

WREATHED in the glow of royal pomp and ceremony, the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, has returned home from Britain to face bitter infighting at the top of the Communist party and resistance to his authority over the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

London — The visit to Britain by President Xi Jinping of China is underscoring how European nations are de-emphasizing human rights and security concerns as they compete to benefit from China’s growing economic might.

This article is eighth in a series of commentaries on the “The Silk Road Economic Belt, the 21st-century Maritime Silk Road and the Transformation of China’s Foreign Policy”

London (Reuters) – When British finance minister George Osborne told Chinese students his daughter studied Mandarin during a visit to Beijing in 2013, it was a clear personal bid to heal strained ties.

Originally published on December 3, 2014, Mr Penpa Tsering, Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile interview with an Russian journalist.
Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, Dharamshala, India (Speaker’s office)

Dharamshala — Dharamshala International Film Festival 2015 (DIFF), to be held from November 5 to 8, will have 37 films from 18 countries this year which explore the skills involved in front of the cameras and behind the scenes.

Dharamshala Six hill beauties from the Himalayan regions, including Tibet will vie for the Miss Himalaya Pageant 2015 crown in the Himalayan hill town of McLeod Ganj, the pageant organiser has announced on Friday.

Oxford, UK — "Changing the world is up to us. If each of us tries, the next generation may see a happier, more peaceful world emerge," said the spiritual leader of Tibet His Holiness the Dalai Lama. His Holiness was speaking at Magdalen College in Oxford Monday at the start of a nine-day visit to the UK.

Dharamshala — The overall growth of children depends on the need to invest in education and the role of parents, said Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay at the inauguration of the First Parents’ Conference of Tibetan Schools on Tuesday, August 11. The three-day conference was organized by the Department of Education at the Lower TCV School.

Dharamshala — Celebrating the 80th birthday of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, a Tibetan man this week said he is planning to wear only traditional Tibetan dresses for a year.

This year 443 Tibetan students scored above 75% as against 321 in 2014, which is an increase of 38%, and if compared to 2010 of 127 students with 75%, it is an increase of 250% in five years.

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Dharamshala — In his message to the "5th All India Tibet Support Groups Conference" held in Guwahati this week, the spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai Lama said that "protection of Tibet's ecology has global implications."

The 5th All India Tibet Support Groups Conference, held once every three year, is attended by around 182 Tibet support groups from across India. The two-day conference, which held at the District Library auditorium, is organised by the Core Group of Tibetan Cause, India.

His Holiness conveyed his warm greetings to everyone participating in the 5th All India Tibet Support Groups Conference took place in Guwahati, Assam from November 2-3, 2015. The organisers said that "the purpose is to highlight the ever-growing repressive implementation of Chinese policies and worsening human rights situation in Tibet."

"We have been in exile for over 56 years, which is brief in terms of the history of a people, but in terms of one person's life may seem very long. Nevertheless, in the face of great hardship the spirit of Tibetans in Tibet remains very strong," wrote His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who fled into exile in India in 1959 after the Chinese occupation of Tibet.

"Geographical neighbours, India and Tibet also have strong, ancient cultural links. What's more, to this day, a significant number of Indians, living mostly in the Himalayan region, share religious and cultural traditions with Tibetans," His Holiness the Dalai Lama said in his message dated October 27, 2015.

"Historically we have regarded Indians as our gurus, while we were the disciples. However, down the centuries, we have proved to be reliable disciples because while the traditions of Nalanda University have faced ups and downs in India, they have been kept alive in Tibet," the Buddhist leader said.

"We have, for example, maintained an active understanding of the profound explanations of the workings of the mind and emotions, which we received from the masters of Nalanda University," His Holiness said, adding that "this understanding represents an advanced psychology that could be very useful if made more widely available today," the spiritual leader said.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama said that "the fragile natural environment of the Tibetan highlands is also of concern to all of us. The way the grasslands and extraction of minerals are managed affects how Tibetans live. However, the snow, glaciers and permafrost on the Tibetan plateau influence climate change comparable to the North and South Poles."

"In addition, several of Asia's great rivers, including those that flow across North India, rise in Tibet. They provide precious water to millions. Therefore, protection of Tibet's ecology has global implications," the message said.

"Several aspects of circumstances in Tibet remain of grave concern to me. As the status of the Tibetan language and identity is diminished there is a risk that Tibetan culture, a valuable culture of peace and non-violence, will degenerate. Similarly as inward Han migration continues and urbanization gathers pace.

His Holiness stressed to the conference, "Tibetans increasingly find themselves minorities in their own land. Consequently, international support for the Tibetan people, particularly the friendship and support of the Indian public, carries great significance."

"Furthermore, instigating historical research and convening conferences to discuss the role, status and relations between Asian states in the past could lay a firm foundation for strong, ongoing friendly relations in the future," states the message.

"I remain optimistic that a just solution to the Tibetan problem can be achieved. We need to keep up our determination and courage," His Holiness added, saying "Knowing that all of you attending the 5th All India Tibet Support Groups conference continue to stand by us is a source of great inspiration."

Phagwara — The spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai Lama honored the 5th Convocation of Lovely Professional University as the chief guest in Punjab, On Saturday, November 14, 2015.

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's letter to Jawaharlal Nehru on 7 November 1950 not only deploring Indian Ambassador KM Panikkar's action but also warning about dangers from China. Patel was an Indian barrister and statesman, one of the leaders of the Indian National Congress and one of the founding fathers of the Republic of India.

Tibetan areas in western Sichuan covers an area of 151,078 square kilometers (58,331 square miles) and is located in the traditional Tibetan province of Kham in eastern Tibet.