China has put into force a major religious affairs decree that will lead to strengthening Communist Party control over Tibetan Buddhism and further the objective of the religion’s “Sinification.”
Chinese policy and leadership
This reports shows the impact Xi’s 10 years have had on Tibet, revealing how the Chinese president has securitized the Tibetan Plateau and tried to “Sinify” the Tibetan people – meaning turn them into Chinese.
In a new report, the International Campaign for Tibet shows the impact Xi’s 10 years have had on Tibet, revealing how the Chinese president has securitized the Tibetan Plateau and tried to “Sinify” the Tibetan people – meaning turn them into Chinese.
Recent reports in Chinese state media indicate that authorities in Tibet are continuing their drive to indoctrinate Tibetan children at early ages and to enforce allegiance to the rule and the ideology of the Chinese Communist Party.
China’s global propaganda forum on development in Tibet reconvened on May 23, marking its return after a hiatus since 2019 owing to the global pandemic. Following a familiar pattern, foreign Sinophiles with a favorable view and ideological alignment with China embarked on a week-long tour of Tibet before gathering in Beijing for the day-long global propaganda forum.
This year’s annual meetings of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC)—popularly called the “Two Sessions” (Chinese: Lianghui)—saw a markedly lower level of focus on Tibet than in recent years.
The Tibetan capital city of Lhasa has a new Chinese mayor. On 13 December 2022 Wang Qiang replaced Gho Khog, the Tibetan mayor of Lhasa since 2016. This change of leadership comes in the wake of the recent COVID-19 crisis in Lhasa, with similar changes seen in the mayors of Shigatse and Chamdo other cities in Tibet that were hit hard by COVID.
Chinese leader Jiang Zemin, during whose tenure the most recent phase of the Tibetan-Chinese dialogue began, has passed away.
The 20th Party Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, held between 16 and 22 October 2022, laid out priorities for the next five years that will profoundly impact the lives of the Tibetans living under China’s rule.
Thirty-eight delegates listed as Tibetan—including one from the Monpa people, one from the Lhoba people and one without any ethnic identification—are expected to participate in the upcoming 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, scheduled to begin on 16 October 2022.