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Forged letters, front organisations and money – How China is using soft power to influence Tibetans living abroad

Shortly after the Chinese national anthem played to a small Toronto audience, a panel took to the stage and praised China for the “support and help” it has given to Tibet.

Dharamshala — The deteriorating situation in Hong Kong sends a strong diplomatic signal to the international community that there's no future for people who worship the "one country, two systems" framework. Beijing has failed to adhere to the rule of law by denying ethno-religious minorities the rights and freedoms originally promised. Hong Kong people reacted with shock but little surprise to China's decision to bar a British activist and vocal critic of human-rights abuses in China.

Dharamshala — With a written history of more than 2000 years, Tibet had been remained an independent, sovereign State. However, The People's Republic of China (PRC) justifies its occupation by claiming that Tibet has been part of China for around 800 years. It's claim is not supported by facts.

Dharamshala, India —The Chinese Communist Party’s seventy years of rule in Tibet has failed to cultivate its legitimacy and also has failed to win the hearts and minds of Tibetans, said a think tank of the Tibetan government in-Exile, while answering the question of the illegality of Chinese actions —it is becoming more evident the CCP lacks legitimacy in Tibet.

Dharamshala, India —'It is true that occupied Tibet has seen an increased network of roads and highways, railways and airways, connecting it to China,' a top official of the Tibetan government in-Exile said, responding to state-run Chinese media reports. But the situation under circumstances which raised strong suspicion that "who benefited from this and what it cost Tibet and the Tibetans?”

Dharamshala, India — Tibet was considered terra incognita i.e. an unknown territory to the world for many years (Gupta, Ramachandran 2012). Donald Lopez quoted “Tibet seemed not to belong to our earth, a society left on the shelf, set in amber, preserved in the deep freeze, a land so close to the sky that the natural occupation of her people was to pray” (Oesel, 2015).

Dharamshala, India — Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar is the President of the Gu Chu Sum Movement of Tibet, an organization that works for the rehabilitation of former political prisoners from Tibet. The youngest Member of the Parliament-In-Exile, she is a Delhi University alumna and daughter of a political prisoner herself in addition to being related to the family of the ancient Dharma Kings of Tibet.

Dharamshala, India —  "These refugees don’t possess the qualifications required to get a job in India, nor do they have the experience. Our priority is to make them self-reliant," Educational Coordinator, Rogpa Charitable Trust, Namgyal Phuntsok told Vandana Rajendran of The Tibet Post International, during an interview which was conducted on July 17, 2019.

Dharamshala, India — Anisha Joneja from the Tibet Post International conducted an interview with Tenzin Chondup a child of Tibetan refugees, now owner of Rewa Café in McLeodganj. The 44 year-old veteran of the Special Frontier Force of the Indian Army shared his own personal stories and why it is important to maintain a humble life in-Exile.