Tag - Tibet

China’s Cartographic War: Old tactics of a sinking ship


By Maj Gen Sudhakar Jee Destruction, self-destruction and rising again has been the fate of China and its empires since time immemorial. Importantly, its diplomacy has always involved stealth, deception and surprise as its weapons. The so-called modern Chinese state is no different from its ancient counterparts. Only question being who will present the ‘silk-scarf’...

The Dalai Lama celebrates 88th birthday


Dharmsala: The Dalai Lama celebrated his 88th birthday on Thursday, as hundreds of his supporters and exiled Tibetans thronged his hillside Indian headquarters in Dharamsala. Artists played traditional welcome tunes as the Tibetan spiritual leader arrived in his open mobile van to preside over the celebrations in the courtyard of the Tsuglakhang Temple, which was...

Dalai Lama names Mongolian boy as 3rd highest spiritual leader


New Delhi: Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has named an eight-year-old US-born Mongolian boy as the reincarnation of a spiritual leader. He has been recognized as the reincarnation of the third most important leader in Tibetan Buddhism as the 10th Khalkha Jetsun Dhampa Rinpoche. The elderly spiritual leader was pictured with the boy during a...

Dragon coils in Eastern Sector, looking to strike


By Maj Gen Sudhakar Jee Dragons in Chinese culture are believed to be friendly, auspicious, and usually lucky — symbols of great power, good fortune, wisdom, and health. But China as a country under communist party wants to appear friendly but remains janus-faced to almost all of its neighbors. President Xi Jinping is now confirmed for his...

Xi (2012 to ∞): The Maharaja of the Eternal Kingdom


By Maj. Gen. Sudhakar Jee “Xin Shidai,” the banners in Beijing proclaimed a “New era” as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) met for its 20th Congress last month. The most important agenda of the meeting was an unprecedented third term for President Xi Jinping, as he was again elected General Secretary of the party. But Xi's...

Checkmating the dragon in the Himalayas


By Maj Gen Sudhakar Jee Twitter is abuzz with newly minted China experts in India who have VIBGYOR opinion about the recent disengagement from eyeball-to-eyeball deployment in Eastern Ladakh. Some say India has conceded territory by accepting the buffer zones while others insist that the Galwan-Shyok watershed belongs to India and our herders have the...

Global Chinese Quest for Rare Earth Elements


The EVs, chips, and other green products on the shelf may not be green but ‘red’ inside  By Maj Gen Sudhakar Ji If you are averse to buying the ‘blood diamonds,’ then you should also look at the source of environmentally friendly products you may be buying to help your bit against climate change. There is a...

Seeking autonomy for Tibet, not independence: Dalai Lama


Jammu: The Dalai Lama on Thursday said that more and more Chinese people are realizing that he does not seek independence but rather meaningful autonomy within the Chinese state. "Not Chinese people, but some Chinese hardliners consider me a separatist. Now, more and more Chinese are realizing that Dalai Lama is not seeking independence but...

Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Liberty


Flash Points at the North-Eastern border, India should be concerned about By Maj Gen Sudhakar Jee, VSM Deng Xiao Peng’s doctrine of "Tao Guang, Huang Yei’" - meaning “Maintain a low profile, bide your time, and keep making progress and development,” laid China’s military and economic base in 1979. The doctrine was abandoned with the rise of...