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Thubten Samphel
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Thubten Samphel is the director of the Tibet Policy Institute, a research center of the Central Tibetan Administration in Dharamsala, India. He is the author of Falling Through the Roof, a work of fiction. He is a graduate of the Graduate School of Journalism of Columbia University.

Entries by Thubten Samphel

The Dalai Lama's China Experience and Its Impact

(13) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 12:04 PM

By now it is an open secret the degree to which respect for the Dalai Lama is growing in China within the leadership and business circles and amongst the ordinary people. The BBC's exclusive report on China's super-rich communist Buddhists is the latest proof.

An aspect of the Tibetan...

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Brand Tibet China's and Tibetan Exiles' Contrasting Narratives on Tibet

(3) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 12:32 PM

No struggle in the world is as unequal as the one between Tibet and China. Beijing's position in Tibet is unassailable, reinforced by a network of all-weather roads, airports and an expanding railway line that are integrating the world's highest, largest and remotest plateau more closely to the mainland.


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Does China Plan to Do Away with Its Minorities?

(5) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 1:53 AM

During a visit this week to the Tibetan countryside of Dechen in Yunnan, Yu Zhengsheng, a member of the standing committee of the Politburo of the Chinese Communist Party and chairman of China's top advisory body, assured Tibetan Buddhist leaders that the party would fully implement its policy to ensure...

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Tibet Tweets to China and China Tweets Back

(5) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 2:02 PM

Official Chinese view of the Dalai Lama is well known. Successive party officials have called the Tibetan leader a "wolf in monk's robes" or "a devil with a human face, but with a heart of a beast." On the other hand, the Chinese Communist Party assumes the exalted status of...

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China and Tibet's Revolution in Exile

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 3:59 PM

Throughout China's long and turbulent history, no people along its imperial fringes have been such a nuisance to the Middle Kingdom as the Tibetans are today. However, unlike neighboring Xinjiang or Eastern Turkestan which is wracked by sporadic violence, Tibet poses no military threat to the People's Republic of China....

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Tibet's Panchen Lama: 25 Years After

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 1:47 PM

On 28 January, 25 years ago, the 10th Panchen Lama of Tibet died at the age of 51. Popular Tibetan opinion commonly refers to the 14th Dalai Lama and the 10th Panchen Lama as the "sun and moon" of the Tibetan Buddhist firmament. They are the center of...

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(1) Comments | Posted January 3, 2014 | 12:17 PM

On Dec. 19, Tsultrim Gyatso, a monk of Amchok monastery near the sprawling monastic town of Labrang Tashi Kyil in the ethnically Tibetan area of the Chinese province of Gansu, set himself on fire. The 43-year-old monk left behind a handwritten note that serves as his last political testament. The...

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