A Tibetan herder and yak on July 4, 2020, as part of a composite satellite illustration of the Tibetan and Bhutanese border region.

China Is Using Tibetans as Agents of Empire in the Himalayas

What life is like for the quarter-million residents of fortress villages in Tibet.

The Dalai Lama waves to the crowd.

Biden Is Continuing the Trump Administration’s Revised Stance on Tibet

The U.S. government has shifted language away from Beijing’s position.


China Is Building Entire Villages in Another Country’s Territory

Since 2015, a previously unnoticed network of roads, buildings, and military outposts has been constructed deep in a sacred valley in Bhutan.

Pro-Tibetan supporters

Refugees Are Victims of Chinese Espionage, Not Accomplices

A Tibetan case reveals how the Chinese Communist Party coerces communities worldwide.

Tibetan flags are displayed as protesters gather in front of the Consulate General of China in Los Angeles on March 10, 2019, to mark the 60th Global Tibetan National Uprising Commemorations.

Beijing’s Human Rights Victims Shouldn’t Support Trump

Tough on China or not, a second term would only spell more misery for Tibetans and other communities victimized by Beijing.

Graffiti relating to Xinjiang and Tibet is seen on the pavement during a rally in Hong Kong to show support for the Uighur minority in China on Dec. 22, 2019.

Tibet Was China’s First Laboratory of Repression

Xi Jinping is bringing methods honed in Xinjiang back to the Himalayas.

A family visits the National Stadium, also known as the “Bird's Nest,” constructed for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, on Dec. 26, 2018. (Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images)

Beijing’s Olympics Paved the Way for Xinjiang’s Camps

The 2008 games were supposed to help liberalize China. Instead the party learned it could get away with anything.

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China’s Media Forecast Is Bleak and Stormy

Spring Festival is coming, but the country's politics remain frozen.

The Dalai Lama (center) greets devotees at the closing ceremony of a teaching session in the sacred Buddhist site of Bodh Gaya, India, on Dec. 31, 2018. (AFP/Getty Images)

The Coming Fight for the Dalai Lama’s Soul

Beijing’s Buddhist diplomacy depends on controlling the Tibetan leader’s next reincarnation.

A footbridge over the Nujiang River near Bingzhongluo, in Nujiang prefecture, China, on April 10. The bridge links the increasingly modern village of Bingzhongluo with a group of subsistence agricultural communities found at higher altitudes. (Edward Cavanough for Foreign Policy)

Nowhere to Run in Xi’s China

The Chinese leader’s cult reaches into the most remote regions of the country.

A supporter of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) shouts slogans during a demonstration in Phnom Penh on December 17, 2013. (Tang Cchin Sothy/AFP/Getty Images)

Chinese Hackers Back Beijing’s Authoritarian Pals

Cambodian dissidents come under cyberattack in run-up to sham election.

Chinese President Xi Jinping during the unveiling of the Communist Party's new Politburo Standing Committee in Beijing, China, on Oct. 25, 2017. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

China’s Stability Myth Is Dead

With Xi Jinping's great power comes great irresponsibility.

Tibetan monks and supporters of Core Group for Tibetan cause hold lighted candles as they participate in a Tibetan solidarity rally at Tashi Gomang Stupa on the outskirts of Siliguri on October 20, 2011. Tibetans living in exile in India launched protests throughout India over Chinese actions in Tibet after a spate of self-immolation's by Buddhist monks and to mark the 50th anniversary of a Chinese attack in India on October 20,1962. AFP PHOTO/Diptendu DUTTA (Photo credit should read DIPTENDU DUTTA/AFP/Getty Images)

China’s Cult of Stability Is Killing Tibetans

Tibetans are setting themselves on fire in record numbers to protest Beijing’s heavy hand. But the brutal cycle of violence is only increasing.


Dalai Lama Interview Fuels New Fire in China-Tibet Spat

Tibet’s spiritual figurehead ridicules Chinese officials on HBO show.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) shakes hand with Czech President Milos Zeman on March 29, 2016, in Prague. / AFP / Michal Cizek        (Photo credit should read MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images)

How a Meeting with the Dalai Lama Lost This Holocaust Survivor a Czech State Award

His nephew, a government minister, says the award was rescinded after a meeting with the Dalai Lama.

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Dalai Lama: Those Who Cause Bloodshed Are Not “Genuine” Practitioners of Islam

The Dalai Lama spoke about peace-building and the Orlando shootings in front of an audience in Washington, D.C.


Turns Out That Maybe You Shouldn’t Trust the ‘Media’

From Iran to China, repressive governments are posing as journalists to hack into the computers of dissidents and other enemies of the state.

Najibah tried to comfort her daughter Zahra (8) as they both wept over the grave of their husband and father, just south of Kunduz City.

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During the two week takeover of Kunduz City by the Taliban from September 28 - October 12, 43-year-old Baynazar Mohammad Nazar (***First name only to be used because of potential threats to his family***) was shot in crossfire between government forces and Taliban fighters on his way home from where he works as a Chowkidor (unarmed guard) in Kunduz City. He spent the next two and a half days being operated on and recovering in the nearby MSF Kunduz Trauma Center. At around 2AM on Saturday, October 3, however, Baynazar was one of at least thirty patients, patient carers and staff who were killed when a U.S. AC-130 gunship destroyed much of the hospital after receiving a request for air support from Afghan Commandos in the area. Baynazar's family spent ten days searching for him - from Kunduz to Baghlan Province to Mazar-e Sharif and back to Kunduz, eventually being told by a shopkeeper near the hospital that he and 12 others had been taken from the hospital and buried on the edge of the city. He is survived by his wife, Najibah, sons, Samiullah (19) and Mohammad Khalid (6) and daughters Raiana (10) and Zahra (8).

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