» 01/25/2016, 15.15
TIBET – CHINA
To win party approval, a lama “doesn’t even need to be a Buddhist’
“Students for a Free Tibet” organise a mock recruitment drive for China’s so-called 'Authentic Living Buddha list’. Wearing a mask of Chinese President Xi Jinping, they rallied against government interference in Tibetan Buddhism. To be recognised as an “authentic lama”, all it takes is being “’Anti-Dalai Lama’,” and “‘Pro-Chinese Communist Party’.” For them, Beijing has “no right to interfere in religious affairs”.
Train to Lhasa to take out Tibet’s mineral riches
The Qinghai-Lhasa railway line, much vaunted by Beijing as a tool to develop the territory’s economy, will be used to strip the area of its vast mineral riches to the benefit of far-away industries. Recent finds show Tibet is a mining company’s dream, but many fear that development won’t bring much prosperity to Tibetans.
17/05/2011 NEPAL – JAPAN
Nepal celebrates the Buddha’s birthday by honouring two Japanese with a peace award
Celebrations are held today in Lumbini, the Buddha’s birthplace. The mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki receive the Gautam Buddha International Peace Award for their action against the proliferation of nuclear weapons around the world.
08/09/2015 TIBET – CHINA
Lhasa under tight controls to mark 50 years of Communist rule, but nothing to celebrate for exiled Tibetan PM
A military parade and fireworks mark 50 years of the Beijing-controlled autonomous region. For Tibet’s exiled prime minister, this has brought stifling controls and no freedom to Tibetans.
Beijing's suffocating control over Xinjiang's Muslim Uighurs
Young people and teachers are denied the right to worship. A mosque is torn down to leave space for a shopping mall. For experts the region's energy resources are behind China's policies.
China takes hard line against Uyghurs, local authorities to adopt special anti-separatism law
The authorities in Xinjiang are preparing a special law. In China special law and order legislation means more powers to the police and less freedom to the people.
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