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Rekindled Sino-Indian Tensions Roil Geopolitics in Asia

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This article was originally published by YaleGlobal Online on 12 January 2017.

Chinese-Indian relations are deteriorating, worsening the security environment in Asia. “New Delhi may have decided to take the Chinese challenge head-on,” explains Harsh V Pant. “To complicate matters for India, its erstwhile ally Russia, which has become a close friend of China, is showing interest in establishing closer ties with Pakistan.” The most recent slight for India: Refusal by China, alone among the 15 members of the UN Security Council, to designate a Pakistan man as terrorist. India responded by testing long-range missiles that could hit population centers in China, while China demonstrates willingness to boost Pakistan’s nuclear missile capability. China extended its China-Pakistan Economic Corridor through contested territory in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir claimed by India. India has reinserted Tibet into bilateral affairs with more public prominence for the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader. India is marginalized as China, Russia and Pakistan cooperate on regional issues, including Afghanistan. Adding to the volatility is a reversal in US foreign policy, as the president-elect issues accusations at China and expresses hope to improve ties with Russia.

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Tibetans end hunger strike in New York

Three Tibetans are recovering in a New York hospital after breaking a 30-day fast meant to call international attention to what they describe as “China’s inhumane crimes towards Tibetans.”

The men were visited by two UN officials on Thursday and presented with a letter from United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay.

“I wish to bring to your attention that the human rights mechanisms of the United Nations are actively engaged in your concerns,” Pillay wrote, also expressing her concern about the health of the three men. » More

ISN Weekly Theme: Tibet

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Nepali graffiti artist spraying Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu

With the 50th anniversary of the uprising in Tibet on 10 March, the ISN is focusing on the controversial region with a variety of offerings:

  • For our latest edition of ISN Podcasts we talk to Denis Burke, an Amsterdam-based journalist who has written extensively on Tibet, about the “Free Tibet” movement and why it may be time to change tack.
  • ISN Security Watch’s Sudesnha Sarkar reports from Kathmandu on the Nepal governments moves to quell anti-China protests among the country’s Tibetan minority.
  • We’re also highlighting Debating China’s Future from the World Security Institute in the ISN Digital Library.
  • We’ve added listings for Tibetsites.com, an archive of links associated with Tibet, and China Tibet Online, a news platform on Tibet provided by China People’s Daily, in ISN Links.

Admittedly, the Tibet issue is a complicated matter, but by providing these sources (and more on our site), we hope to contribute to the dialogue.

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