International Tibet Network News Digest & Analysis: 18 April 2014
Self-Immolations, Protests, and Restrictions in Tibet
Abbot among five Tibetans arrested - Phayul
17 April | The abbot of Boeyak monastery in Menda town in Chamdo, Khenpo Khedup, was arrested on April 13 as he was about to leave for Lhasa to attend a meeting of the Tibet Autonomous Region’s Buddhist learning centre.
Tibetan Man Dies in Self-Immolation Protest in Kardze - RFA
15 April | Thinley Namgyal, 32, self-immolated in Khangsar township in Tawu county in Kardze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. Tibetans who witnessed the burning protest immediately took Namgyal's body to a nearby monastery for prayers before Chinese police could arrive at the scene. The Gonthal monastery later handed over the body to the family of Namgyal, who left behind a mother and two older brothers.
Chinese Officials Order School for Tibetan Monks Shuttered - RFA
15 April | Chinese authorities in Qinghai province have closed a private school for young monks and implemented other “restrictive policies,” while moving to sack officials from a local monastery they have accused of “separatist activities”.
Nepal turns itself into a partner of China's anti-Tibetan policies - Economic Times
14 April | Tibetans in Nepal know that wherever they gather to socialize or worship, they are likely to be spied on by Nepalese security forces who make no secret of their close links with Chinese authorities. Nongovernmental organizations that seek to monitor the situation or are engaged in humanitarian work with Tibetans in Nepal are also under surveillance and have been accused of disloyalty.
China cancels human rights dialogue with Britain - The Guardian
14 April | Beijing accuses UK of using rights issues to interfere in its internal affairs and axes dialogue that resumed after diplomatic freeze over Dalai Lama.
Opinion and Analysis
Capitalism and the Dalai Lama - New York Times
17 April | Arthur Brooks writes, “For the Dalai Lama, the key question is whether “we utilize our favorable circumstances, such as our good health or wealth, in positive ways, in helping others.” Advocates of free enterprise must remember that the system’s moral core is neither profits nor efficiency. It is creating opportunity for individuals who need it the most.”
China’s Tibet conundrum - Gulf News
17 April | Stefan Halper and Lezlee Brown Halper write, “Western infatuation with the Tibetan myth has enabled Tibetans to exercise a unique ‘soft power’ that Beijing can neither control nor ameliorate.”
China on the Edge - Gatestone Institute
16 April | Gordon Chang writes about 3 mistakes and assumptions Americans have made diplomatically about China, that have misled our policy and predictions: “The country has entered an especially troubling phase, and we have to be concerned that Beijing—out of fundamental weakness and not out of strength—will lash out and shake the world.”