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  • Rahul P. Singh asked: How can the Chinese reluctance to solve the boundary dispute be explained from a neorealist perspective?

    Prashant Kumar Singh replies: The essence of the neorealist perspective in international relations is that the structure of the international system is anarchic and that the states are "unitary rational actors existing in a ‘self-help’ system". A “self-help” system means that “each state must fend for itself”.

    The Unintended Consequences of India’s Policy on Citizenship for Tibetan Refugees

    The four conditions for acquiring Indian citizenship and new regulations to ease the travel abroad of Tibetan refugees could cause the dismantling of Tibetan settlements which are the nerve centres of the preservation and promotion of Tibetan civilization.

    February 23, 2018

    China’s Dam Building Spree in Tibet: Strategic Implications and India’s Options

    India needs to address the issue of water sharing with China in a comprehensive manner that includes both national and international initiatives.

    October 21, 2016

    Flimsy Reading of History Fails to Predict Tibet’s Future

    Prof P. Stobdan (Senior Fellow, IDSA)’s reading of history fails to predict Tibet’s future from the beginning. The Dalai Lama has informed the Tibetan people about his thinking on the succession issue since as early as 1969. Later on September 24, 2011, the Dalai Lama took a definite position on the succession issue, where the Dalai Lama made it very clear that the decision to continue or not continue with the institution of the Dalai Lama lies with the Tibetan people. The real reason for ‘Younghusband’s visit’ to Tibet was not to lay a telegraph line.

    September 2016

    The Dalai Lama and Tibet’s Future

    In an ominous way the Dalai Lama recently threatened to terminate the over 400-year-old spiritual lineage of his position, saying that Tibetans no longer require the authority of the Dalai Lama and it would be a shame if a ‘weak’ person succeeded him.

    In 2011, he also gave up his political authority in favour of an elected leader among Tibetans living in exile. Seemingly, the motive for these measures was to forestall any alternative plan by Beijing to appoint a successor after him and challenge the authority of such an appointment if Beijing does so.

    July 2016

    Dalai Lama Central to Resolution of the Tibet Issue

    Since June 2013, there has been a spate of activity on the Tibet controversy. Sparking it off was the interview of Professor Jin Wei1 from the Central Party School in Asian Weekly2 on June 6, entitled ‘Reopen Talks and Resolve Tibetan Issues’, in which she advocated engaging the Dalai Lama rather than demonising him. Soon after, the International Campaign of Tibet reported that China had lifted the 17-year ban on the display of Dalai Lama portraits in Sichuan and Qinghai.

    January 2014

    China’s Leadership Change and Its Tibet Policy

    Two new factors have appeared on the Tibetan political scene after the recent leadership change in China. First, the ‘spiritualisation’ of politics: paradoxically, the atheist Chinese Communist Party (CCP), also known as The Communist Party of China (CPC) seems increasingly interested in ‘spiritual’ matters. The CCP has started promoting reincarnated Lamas, known in China as ‘Living Buddhas’, in a big way. The purpose is to prepare for the post-Dalai Lama era. The second new development is the emergence of a ‘Tibet Gang’.

    September 2013

    Srivatsan asked: Can we use the Tibet card as a bargaining chip against China? Was our tacit acceptance of Tibet as a part of China a mistake?

    Reply: Kindly refer to an earlier reply by Prashant Kumar Singh to a similar query, at http://idsa.in/askanexpert/recogniseTibetasanintegralpartofChina

    Also, refer to the following publications:

    IDSA Task Force Report, “Tibet and India's Security: Himalayan Region, Refugees and Sino-Indian Relations”, 2012 (ISBN: 81-86019-99-5), at http://idsa.in/book/TibetandIndiasSecurity

    Mandip Singh, “Critical Assessment of China's Vulnerabilities in Tibet”, IDSA Occasional Paper No. 30, 2013, at http://www.idsa.in/occasionalpapers/CriticalAssessmentofChinasVulnerabilitiesinTibet

    Yeshi Choedon, “Transformation of Tibet Issue from Hope to Despair: What Next?”, February 12, 2013, at http://www.idsa.in/idsacomments/Transformation%20ofTibetIssue_YChoedon_120213

    Shailender Arya, “Infrastructure Development and Chinese War Waging Capabilities in Tibet”, Journal of Defence Studies, Vol. 5, Issue 3, July 2011, at http://www.idsa.in/jds/5_3_2011_InfrastructureDevelopmentandChineseWarWagingCapabilitiesinTibet_ShailenderArya

    Dawa Norbu, “Chinese Strategic Thinking on Tibet and the Himalayan Region”, From the Archives, Strategic Analysis, Vol. 32, Issue 4, July 2008, at http://www.idsa.in/strategicanalysis/ChineseStrategicThinkingonTibetandtheHimalayanRegion_dnorbo_0708

    Chinese Premier's Visit: Tibet remains the core issue

    The Chinese prime minister’s visit was in no way intended to offer solution to the vexed issue of border incursion. Li came to pursue China’s national interest and not to enrich India-China bilateral ties.

    May 31, 2013

    Tibetans in China: Making Sense of a Visit and Five Appointments

    The Tibetan issue is primarily a political one and less an economic one as China projects it to be. China should talk to the Tibetan diaspora and India for a final solution. That would be in the true interests of the peoples, bilateral relations and regional stability.

    March 26, 2013