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Xi Jinping at the 2017 National People’s Congress. Photo: Lukas Messmer/HKFP.

Tibet

This week marks Xi Jinping’s fifth year in power. Head of the Communist Party and the nation’s armed forces, Xi has made the journey from unassuming CCP member to arguably the most powerful leader in China’s recent history.

Dr Lobsang Sangay, President of the Central Tibetan Administration, speaking to members of the press at an event in Dharamshala, India. Photo: TPI/Yeshe Choesang

Tibet

“About 50% of Tibet’s glaciers have already disappeared and that two-thirds of the remaining 46000 glaciers could disappear by 2100. This is a grim situation and all nations should work in concert to find a lasting solution,” said President Dr Lobsang Sangay while addressing a press conference in Guwahati as part of the Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics Forum organised by the Balipara Foundation.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking at the dialogue with USIP youth leaders at his residence in Dharamsala, HP, India on November 6, 2017. Photo: Tibet Digital Times/Yeshe Choesang

Tibet

Dharamshala — His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Tuesday said Tibet was "not seeking separation" from China, but instead it was in Tibet's interest to remain part of China because of the material benefits this brought to the occupied region.

China was the world’s worst abuser of internet freedom in Freedom on the Net for the third consecutive year. Photo: Freedom House/Screenshot

China

Dharamshala — According to a new report from Freedom House- Freedom of the Net 2017: Manipulating Social Media to Undermine Democracy, China was named world’s worst abuser of internet freedom for the third time in a row.

Xi Jinping speaking at the opening of the National Congress in Beijing last week. Photo: file

China

Dharamshala — “We will never allow anyone, any organization, or any political party, at any time or in any form, to separate any part of Chinese territory from China,” said President Xi Jinping during the opening remarks of the19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, an indication of his unchanging and harsh policies for Tibet.

Student activist Joshua Wong called on the Trump administration to keep an eye on developments in Hong Kong. Photo: Handout

China

Student activist Joshua Wong, democrat Martin Lee, bookseller Lam Wing-kee and former governor Chris Patten speak to panel on situation two decades after handover.

The Resolution is co-sponsored by Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). Photo: TDT

World

A bipartisan Concurrent Resolution (S. Con. Res. 30) was introduced to the Senate on November 16, 2017 asking the Trump Administration to make Tibet an important factor in US-China relations.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama addressing during a dialogue with youth leaders from mostly from conflict zones, at his residence in Dharamshala, HP, India on November 6, 2017, organised by the US Institute of Peace. Photo: TPI/Yeshe Choesang

World

Holiness the Dalai Lama said the broad masses of Tibetans inside Tibet are the real masters of Tibet, and that Tibetan people should be proud of unique Tibetan culture, tradition and language.

Martin Méndez Pineda, a Mexican journalist seeking asylum from death threats in his country, has been in detention in the US since February 5th, 2017. Photo: RSF

World

Paris, France — International press freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders concerned about the state of Martin Méndez Pineda's mental and physical health.

Arount 90 Tibetans gathered in Dharamshala, India to protest the decision of Kashag to replace the North America Representative Penpa Tsering. Photo: TDT/Chonyi Sangpo

Short Takes

Dharamshala — The seat of the Central Tibetan Administration in Dharamshala, India saw close to a hundred Tibetans gather to protest the decision of the President Dr Lobsang Sangay led Kashag to replace the North America Representative Penpa Tsering.

In the pictured, Carrie Fisher and Gary, enny Seagrove and her Spaniel, alongside Lucy Watson and Digby. Photo: Dog Magazine

Short Takes

On 7th June a petition made its way to the Chinese Embassy in London.

The Nimitz-class aircraft carriers USS John C Stennis, and USS Ronald Reagan (R) on 18 June 2016. (Photo: Reuters)

Short Takes

The South China Sea conundrum, which the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague is to decide on, has a bloody history.