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A Consulate in Lhasa – September 5, 2009
Is China Really Serious About Improving Ties With India?
Jujian Hua, a director at the Tibet’s Foreign Affairs Office, recently made a startling declaration: “India can set up a Consulate in Lhasa”. He kindly added: “That depends on India.” Jujian told an IANS correspondent: “The local government (of the Tibetan Autonomous Region) attached great importance to trade, culture and tradition, including tourism.”
A day later, the Indian government clarified that it had never approached the Chinese authorities for permission to open a Consulate in Lhasa. An official said that there was no question of discussing this issue with China: New Delhi had no plans to open a Consulate in the Tibetan capital.
In the not too-distant past, India had more than a Consulate in Lhasa; it had a full-fledged Mission till the end of 1952. India had inherited several rights and privileges in Tibet from the 1914 Simla tripartite conference (between British India, Tibet and China)…

Truth from the Facts Fifty Years After The Revolt In Lhasa – March 10, 2009
The Chinese have a problem. They are not able to look at facts straight. Already fifty years ago, on March 10, 1959, when the entire population of Lhasa, the Tibetan capital revolted against their rule, their mouthpiece,  Xinhua blamed Tibetan ‘rebellious bandits’ for attacking their ‘Liberation’ army. The communiqué said: “Betraying the motherland [China], the Tibetan Local Government and the upper-strata reactionary clique colluded with imperialism-assembled rebellious bandits and launched armed attacks against the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). The valiant units of the PLA stationed in Tibet completely smashed the rebellious bandits. Now, the units of the PLA, assisted by patriotic people of all sections, both monks and lay, are mopping up the rebellious bandits in other places in Tibet.”

Can he? – November 12, 2008
“Yes, we can!” is the motto of the new President-elect of the United States. The election of Barack Obama as the 44th President has been celebrated the world over as the victory ‘for change’. Except for a crude remark by Silvio Berlusconi (‘He is young, beautiful and well-tanned’) and the cool congratulations of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, hundreds of millions went ecstatic: “Change has come”.
President Sarkozy of France summarized what many thought: “In selecting you, the people of America have made the choice of change, of opening, of optimism. While the world is in a whirlwind, while the world doubts, the people of America, faithful to the values which have always symbolized the American identity, have expressed with force their faith in progress and in the future. This message of the people of American resonates far beyond your borders”.

Force for Good – August 8, 2008
Though the Internet penetration in the US is 71 per cent compared to 19 per cent only in China, the growth is phenomenal in China, a staggering 56 per cent in one year. According to projections, 490 million Chinese will be on-line by 2012. More significantly, 95 per cent of the Chinese internauts have broadband connections. The online economy brought China $5.9 billion in revenue in 2007. But China is a land of contradictions. While the country topped the world in terms of users, it has one of the most abysmal records when it comes to freedom of expression. Further, all the promises given to the Olympic Committee in 2001 have been broken.

Tibet a Talking Point – May 19. 2008
While Tibet watchers wondered what he meant with a ’first step’ (Gyari has been meeting the Chinese officials for 6 years now), The People’s Daily saw the things differently: “The meeting, arranged at the repeated requests made by the Dalai side for resuming talks, was held between central government officials Zhu Weiqun and Sitar and the Dalai Lama’s two private representatives.”…

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