Who is lying, Samdhong or Sangay?

What are these two plotting now? On the left is Lobsang Sangay, the current Prime Minister of the Tibetan people in-exile and on the right is Samdhong Rinpoche, his predecessor. Both of them were recently appointed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to be the Dalai Lama’s personal envoys. As the two most senior leaders in the CTA, how come they do not know CLEARLY where each other is at any given moment in time?

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By: Shashi Kei

After 60 years of dashed hopes, the Tibetan world was recently set ablaze with news of Samdhong Rinpoche’s supposed visit to China. Word first broke in The Wire, in a report titled “The Dalai Lama wants to return home” authored by former Indian ambassador Phunchok Stobdan. This was swiftly followed by supporting reports in the Tibetan Journal, titled “Dalai Lama’s envoy Samdhong Rinpoche discreetly visited China”, published on 6th December 2017.

Since the exciting news of Samdhong Rinpoche’s trip was first released however, the Tibetans and their supporters have descended into an ever-deepening chasm of confusion. This is thanks to multiple reports by the likes of Sikyong Lobsang Sangay confirming the visit, followed by denials from none other than the man himself, Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche.

Sikyong Lobsang Sangay is the current Tibetan Prime Minister, having succeeded Samdhong Rinpoche as the head of the Tibetan leadership. Both were recently appointed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the Dalai Lama’s personal envoys so it is safe to say these two men are the top leaders of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA; Tibetan leadership in Dharamsala, India). Yet, the apparent lack of coordination between the top leaders means speculation now runs rife as to the transparency of the Tibetan leadership when dealing with matters relating to the Dalai Lama and Tibetan people’s return to Tibet. To clarify matters:


Timeline of the Debacle

  • 4th December 2017 – The Wire first breaks the story about Samdhong Rinpoche visiting China, in an article titled “The Dalai Lama wants to return home”.
  • 6th December 2017 – Tibetan Journal publishes “Dalai Lama’s envoy Samdhong Rinpoche discreetly visited China”, confirming Samdhong Rinpoche’s visit.
  • 15th December 2017 – Phayul publishes “Cautious Sangay says Samdhong Rinpoche made a private visit to China”, with Sikyong Lobsang Sangay confirming that Samdhong Rinpoche has paid a private visit to China. He even adds the caveat that people should not read too much into the visit. Yet, the fact of the matter is, Lobsang Sangay is confirming that a trip was made and no trip to China that involves the Dalai Lama’s envoy can ever be ‘just’ a private visit.
  • 15th December 2017 – The Tribune publishes “Dalai Lama headed to China on pvt [private] visit?” Authored by Ajay Banerjee, The Tribune later amends the title of the story to “Former Tibetan government head visited China recently”, based on advice from the CTA. This correction is, in essence, another confirmation by the CTA that Samdhong Rinpoche did visit China.
  • 19th December 2017 – The Diplomat publishes “A Secret Visit and Sino-Tibetan Dialogue” confirming Samdhong Rinpoche’s visit to China, claiming it to be a private trip.
  • 19th December 2017 – two weeks after the first reports of his trip, Phayul finally publishes Samdhong Rinpoche’s denial that he visited China recently, in an article titled “Samdhong Rinpoche denies visiting China, says no plans for Dalai Lama as well”.
  • 20th December 2017 – Tibetan Journal publishes an op-ed piece “Did President Sangay Misinform That Samdhong Rinpoche Visited China?” that questions whether Lobsang Sangay misinformed the world about Samdhong Rinpoche’s visit.

An earlier picture of Lobsang Sangay (left) and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Lobsang Sangay was quoted in Phayul on 15th December 2017, confirming Samdhong Rinpoche’s visit. Four days later, Samdhong Rinpoche denied visiting China. Was Lobsang Sangay lying when he confirmed Samdhong Rinpoche’s visit? Or was it just plain incompetence? Or was Samdhong Rinpoche lying when he denied his visit? Either way, one of the Dalai Lama’s two personal envoys is lying to the Tibetan public.

So who is right, and who is wrong? Who is lying? Was Lobsang Sangay lying when he corrected the media on December 15th, telling them in his correction that Samdhong Rinpoche had gone to China? Or was Samdhong Rinpoche lying on December 19th when he said he did not go? Either way, one of the Dalai Lama’s trusted envoys is lying to the Tibetan people. And when presented in this manner, a number of things become clear.

  1. There is no coordination between Sikyong Lobsang Sangay and Samdhong Rinpoche. As a result, the CTA changed their story so many times regarding the news of Samdhong Rinpoche’s visit to China. After 60 years of living in exile, Tibetans are hypervigilant, looking for any sign of a potential return to Tibet. The CTA should have known that a visit to China by someone as senior as Samdhong Rinpoche would have given Tibetans hope for the potential of dialogue between the Chinese and Tibetan leaderships. Yet, on such an important topic, the most senior members of the Tibetan government presented very confusing information about the trip. In the end, it was obnoxious of them to fight back and forth on vital information that has the potential to give hope to the Tibetans.
  2. Someone is inefficient, lying and not doing their job, and this reflects the whole government that they represent. Samdhong and Lobsang Sangay are the most senior officials in the Tibetan exile government. In fact, next to the Dalai Lama, these two people would be amongst the most formidable people in the Tibetan power structure. So how can two of the highest Tibetan officials get such an important piece of news wrong? Who is lying?
  3. If the Tibetan leadership can create so much confusion when dealing with an issue of such high public interest, what else have they ruined or disrupted over the years that the public does not know about?
  4. The news was first released by a former ambassador of India, Phunchok Stobdan. For such significant news, it is highly unlikely that Stobdan, whose sensitive diplomatic work required meticulousness, would have made the announcement without double or triple-checking first. Similarly, one would also expect Stobdan to have access to information not ordinarily available to the public i.e. the confirmed movements of the Dalai Lama’s envoy, especially when he is heading for China.
  5. Samdhong Rinpoche’s denial came a full two weeks after it was first reported that he had visited China. The delayed response has fuelled suspicions and can only mean one thing – Samdhong Rinpoche was in China, behind their Internet firewall. As a result, he was unable to find out what was being said about his trip in the media, and therefore unable to issue a retraction until he was out of China.
  6. Samdhong Rinpoche’s sudden denial of his China visit two weeks after the initial news was published raises more than a few eyebrows and has had many people asking what else the Tibetan leadership might be hiding now?
    Questions have previously been already raised about the CTA’s lack of transparency and accountability, and this latest debacle only adds fuel to the fire.
  7. More interestingly, Samdhong Rinpoche’s denunciation of the said news is a slap to the face of Sangay. Sangay had confirmed to Phayul on 15th December 2017 that Samdhong did in fact made such a historic trip but cautioned that readers should not read too much into it. Bear in mind that Phayul is in effect the CTA’s mouthpiece and the source of the story is none other than the CTA. Therefore there cannot be a miscommunication or misunderstanding from Sangay’s side.
  8. This debacle simply demonstrates how disorganized the Tibetan leadership truly are, and the total lack of communication between the top members of this small exiled government. And as small as they are now, they are already so confused and inefficient, and unable to communicate clearly to their people on such an important matter. Should the Tibetan leadership ever be able to return to Tibet, how will they ever get to run their country properly when Tibet is huge and so much bigger than Dharamsala?

His Holiness the Dalai Lama recently announced that he would be indefinitely postponing his travels, and appointed Lobsang Sangay and Samdhong Rinpoche to represent him as his personal envoys. How come Sangay and Samdhong are so uncoordinated in their announcements and work? Are these men the most capable representatives of the Dalai Lama? If these two are the best that the Tibetan leadership has to offer, the Tibetan public should be extremely concerned for their own futures at a time when the Dalai Lama is no longer around to lead and coordinate the community.

There are also a number of questions that need to be raised, primarily:

  1. How was Samdhong Rinpoche, who has criticized the Chinese government for decades, granted a visa so easily, regardless of whether his visit was private or not? The Chinese leadership would be understandably paranoid about Samdhong Rinpoche; as the Dalai Lama’s envoy, his visit would invariably draw a crowd and he would therefore have the potential to encourage unrest. So how can someone who is the Dalai Lama’s envoy make it into China so easily?
  2. Non-politically involved Rinpoches and lamas are stopped at Beijing’s international airport even if they are dressed in lay clothes and despite having all the necessary visas. It would be almost impossible for someone as recognizable as Samdhong Rinpoche to go into China without the Beijing government’s knowledge and, by inference, approval. The fact he was able to receive a visa without issue, let alone enter the country without issue, and in spite of his role in actively encouraging anti-China activities, must mean that he has connections with the Chinese leadership. Alternatively, it could also mean that the Chinese leadership had a higher, political motivation for allowing Samdhong Rinpoche into the country. After all, why would an old, senior monk of his age go all the way to China just to visit his family?
  3. The Tibetan leadership act with the assumption of the stupidity of their subjects, to think that they would not be able to see the Tibetan leadership for what it is – inefficient, confused and uncoordinated. It is obvious, when Lobsang Sangay says Samdhong Rinpoche went and then Samdhong Rinpoche himself says he did not go, and the two men tussle back and forth in the media spotlight.

The Tibetan people and supporters of the Tibetan struggle should take this discrepancy seriously. All matters pertaining to the Tibetan leadership’s dealing with China directly impacts on the future of the Tibetan people and the pulse of the Tibetan struggle. So how come there is such secrecy, confusion and what seems like opposing agendas on such an important matter?


Possible Reasons for a Cover-up

(1) The visit was a failure and negotiations yielded nothing

Since 1959, the Tibetan leadership has made countless promises to return Tibetans to their homeland, all to no avail. Even the State Oracle Nechung, whom the Dalai Lama and CTA rely on, has made inaccurate prophecies about the success of the Tibetan struggle.

In addition, nothing became of the nine rounds of talks between the Tibetan and Chinese leaderships. All this time, the CTA blamed their failures on scapegoats such as Dorje Shugden practice. And all this while, they allowed China to grow stronger as the CTA and the Dalai Lama’s popularity in the world waned. It is possible that during this exploratory trip, Samdhong Rinpoche realized how the CTA’s best opportunities have slipped by, and the ‘Tibetan cause’ is now at best a pipe dream. It is possible that on this trip, he realized that Tibetans are no longer in possession of the moral authority to use global pressure to get what they (the CTA) want, because everyone is willing to overlook that in favour of a better relationship with China.

This would be something very difficult for the Tibetans to accept and would likely trigger heightened rejection of the leadership by the Tibetan people, at a time when the people are already more vocal about their disappointments with the CTA. Hence, it is best not to call attention how hopeless the Tibetan cause has become.

(2) Samdhong Rinpoche was negotiating an unpopular deal

The Tibetan leadership is known for harbouring interests that contradict their own people’s. For instance, in 1988 the Dalai Lama gave up the Tibetan independence fight in what was known as the Strasbourg Proposal, opting instead for autonomy (umaylam) or what he labelled the Middle Way Approach. The Tibetan people were not consulted and were not given a say in the matter.

On another occasion in 2013 when being interviewed by Jerome Cohen at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, Sangay said pointedly, “democracy is what we practice in exile. We are not asking that democracy be implemented or be allowed inside Tibet…[but]that’s not part of what we’re asking to the Chinese government”.

The Sikyong stated clearly that under umaylam, he would do away with democracy. In that flippant statement, it may not have occurred to Sangay that he had traded away the freedom of the Tibetans. Worse still, he may not have cared, a characteristic that is common of Tibetan leaders. In any case, the Tibetans were again not consulted on this change in policy.

So if Samdhong Rinpoche was exploring a deal with the Chinese that may be at odds with general Tibetan interests, then it would be better to deny that no such visit took place.

The Dalai Lama with his two personal envoys who are currently in the midst of a petty public squabble over one of their whereabouts.

(3) To sidestep the hypocrisy after falsely accusing detractors of being Chinese agents.

It is common for the Tibetan leadership to accuse critics and detractors of being Chinese spies and agents. By accusing people they wish to target of having Chinese connections, the CTA has successfully marginalized many people who refuse to toe the official CTA party line, and conform with the CTA’s edicts. A very good example is Dorje Shugden practitioners whom the CTA claim to be working for the Chinese government, and therefore should be violently opposed and ostracized.

Samdhong Rinpoche’s visit to China, which seems to have taken place without much obstacles, hints that he does have contacts in China which he has maintained. If Samdhong Rinpoche were to be treated in the same way the CTA treats Dorje Shugden lamas, then Samdhong Rinpoche should also be considered an anti-Tibetan traitor for having Chinese contacts and visiting China.

After all, Lama Gangchen was so labelled and pictures of Lama Gangchen with Chinese officials were offered as proof of his ‘treachery’ against the Tibetan people. This is in spite of the well-known fact that Lama Gangchen’s World Peace Foundation was working on conjunction with the United Nations to spread peace and goodwill around the world, including China.

Realizing this, perhaps Samdhong Rinpoche felt it was necessary to outrightly deny that such a visit took place.

Whatever the case may be, what began as a piece of uplifting news now ends with deception and double talk and again the Tibetan people’s dreams of going home fade. The bickering and squabbling that has come to characterise the Tibetan leadership’s dealings reflects nothing more than a deep disrespect for the people; after 60 years in exile, even in the face of such monumental news which might give the people hope of a return to their homeland, the two most senior leaders in the Tibetan government cannot even coordinate themselves to give clear facts and information to their people.

And so when witnessing the tragedy that has become the CTA and their methods of governance, why would China ever cede greater levels of autonomy to such an inefficient and disorganised administration? Lobsang Sangay’s confirmation that Samdhong Rinpoche visited China and Samdhong’s subsequent and late denial again shows how murky all the CTA’s dealings are, from whether a USD 1.5 Million taken from a Tibet Fund was a loan or a gift to whether the Dalai Lama’s emissary visited China. Ultimately it is all smoke and mirrors and the ordinary Tibetan person’s future becomes lost in the confusion.


The Dalai Lama Wants to Return Home

An article published by “The Wire” on 4th December 2017. Click to enlarge. (Source: https://thewire.in/201726/dalai-lama-india-china-tibet/)

Comments left by various people on “The Wire”. Click to enlarge. (Source: https://thewire.in/201726/dalai-lama-india-china-tibet/)

Comments left by various people on “The Wire”. Click to enlarge. (Source: https://thewire.in/201726/dalai-lama-india-china-tibet/)


Dalai Lama’s Envoy Samdhong Rinpoche Discreetly Visited China

Published 5th December 2017. The Dalai Lama’s personal envoy Samdhong Rinpoche went on a private visit to China. It was suggested in “The Wire” that while Samdhong Rinpoche was in China, it is more likely that he met up with You Quan – the newly-appointed head of the United Front Work Department that oversees Tibetan affairs. It is also said that You Quan is a close associate of President Xi. Click to enlarge. (Source: http://www.tibetanjournal.com/index.php/2017/12/05/dalai-lamas-envoy-samdhong-rinpoche-visited-china/)


Cautious Sangay says Samdhong Rinpoche made a “private visit” to China

Published on 15th December 2017. Phayul.com is the mouthpiece of the Tibetan government in exile otherwise known as Central Tibetan Administration (CTA). Phayul.com also picked up the news of Samdhong Rinpoche’s visit to China. The news has spread throughout the Tibetan communities throughout the world giving some sort of hope to the Tibetans. The Tibet issue will not be resolved with the current policies of the CTA regime in Dharamsala. It has been nearly six decades of failure. So they will have to change their tactic to appease China. Tibet is within China and no other nation will be able to ‘rescue’ Tibet or assist in any way. Tibetans must help themselves by negotiating with China. Click to enlarge. (Source: http://www.phayul.com/news/article.aspx?id=39926&article=Cautious+Sangay+says+Samdhong+Rinpoche+made+a+%E2%80%9Cprivate+visit%E2%80%9D+to+China)


Dalai Lama headed to China on a pvt visit?

On 15th December 2017, “The Tribune” published an article titled “Dalai Lama headed to China on pvt visit?”. But not long after that, Tibet.net had asked them to change the title to “Former Tibetan government head visited China recently”. Former head would refer to Samdhong Rinpoche of course. The title can be changed but the fact remain the same that the envoy Samdhong Rinpoche was sent to negotiate with China. The negotiations must be regarding the status of Tibet and a possible visit in the future by the Dalai Lama. For the envoy Samdhong Rinpoche to visit China he would have needed India’s permission, China’s approval and of course sent by Dalai Lama himself. After all, Samdhong Rinpoche holds a refugee passport issued by India and he will need a visa to enter China. A high profile person like him cannot just simply enter China’s immigration undetected. It would be safe to assume Samdhong Rinpoche didn’t visit China, whom he has criticized for decades, to just simply visit a Buddhist site, holiday or meet up with friends. China would not easily grant him a visa for any other purpose as he is considered a dissident. He would have a purpose and a prior agreement with the Chinese government. The fact that Samdhong Rinpoche went to China to have dialogue with the Chinese government still gives hope to an eventual positive development for both sides. Lobsang Sangay has failed miserably during his two terms as head of CTA to secure talks with China and most probably out of desperation the Dalai Lama has sent a fellow monk Samdhong Rinpoche to negotiate with China. The Dalai Lama is ageing and resolution must come about soon. The main purpose of the CTA is to resolve the Tibet issue which is now entering into nearly 60 years unresolved issue. Click to enlarge. (Source: http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/nation/dalai-lama-headed-to-china-on-pvt-visit/513541.html.)


A Secret Visit and Sino-Tibetan Dialogue

Published on 19th December 2017. The Diplomat is a reputable online news magazine that covers political and cultural issues, focusing on the Asia-Pacific region. Their report opens with a strong confirmation that Samdhong Rinpoche was indeed in China. Why would The Diplomat stake their reputation on publishing false news that could be so easily disproved by Samdhong Rinpoche showing proof he was somewhere else during the time he is alleged to have been in China? They would not risk their reputation in this way so the message is clear – Samdhong Rinpoche was in China, contrary to his denials. Click to enlarge (Source: https://thediplomat.com/2017/12/a-secret-visit-and-sino-tibetan-dialogue/)

A continuation of The Diplomat article (published 19th December 2017). Click to enlarge (Source: https://thediplomat.com/2017/12/a-secret-visit-and-sino-tibetan-dialogue/)


Samdhong Rinpoche denies visiting China, says no plans for Dalai Lama as well

Published on 19th December 2017. A full 15 days after news first breaks that he went to China, Samdhong Rinpoche finally issues a rebuttal. How come it took him more than two weeks to say anything? Where was he during this time that he could not be informed about the news that was spreading like wildfire all around the world? Click to enlarge (Source: http://www.phayul.com/news/article.aspx?id=39941&article=Samdhong+Rinpoche+denies+visiting+China%2c+says+no+plans+for+Dalai+Lama+as+well)


Did President Sangay Misinform That Samdhong Rinpoche Visited China?

Published on 20th December 2017. Another article in the Tibetan Journal highlights the confusion that all Tibetans feel about this issue. This type of confusion, animosity, lack of clarity, misinformation and poor coordination is the result of dealing with the Tibetan leadership. Click to enlarge (Source: http://www.tibetanjournal.com/index.php/2017/12/20/president-sangay-misinform-samdhong-rinpoche-visited-china/)


India Always Stood With Tibetans, Tibet Will Also Stay With India: Dalai Lama

Published on 20th December 2017. Again the Tibetan leadership adds to the confusion in Tibetan society. The Dalai Lama recently said that Tibet should be autonomous under Chinese leadership, and that Tibetan development will come from the Chinese. So how does it make sense to say that Tibetans will always stay with India? This actually reflects the lack of a clear strategy regarding the Tibetan situation. And such statements will only upset the Chinese leadership who will wonder what kind of games the Tibetan leadership is playing, when they continue to pledge support for their regional competitor, India. No wonder the Tibetan leadership has not made much progress with regards to the Tibetan situation over the last 60 years. There is no clear direction or message, or strategy. Click to enlarge (Source: http://www.tibetanjournal.com/index.php/2017/12/20/india-always-stood-tibetans-tibet-stay-india/)


Tibet Developments May Put Pressure on India

Published on 7th January 2018. Another article calls attention to Samdhong Rinpoche’s visit to meet with Chinese officials in Kunming. China’s plans to securitize Tibet by building ‘well-off border villages’ along Tibet’s borders and expanding the road network are building pressure on India. Click to enlarge (Source: http://m.rediff.com/news/column/tibet-developments-may-put-pressure-on-india/20180107.htm/)

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  1. Yes, This is CTA always make thing CONFUSION and COMPLICATED, if the CTA still keep doing things like this, the Tibetans will never ever have HOPE any more ……🕯

  2. Very good article that pointed out the incident details

    It is very clear that the leadership of CTA is use to the tactic of hiding the truth and unable to tell their people what is the progress. I think this is because they have no respect to their own people. Look at how CTA treat their own refugees, low education, projection of poor images to the world to get more fund and activate Dorje Shugden’s ban to separate their people. This is what the Leaders did to their people. They do not treat their people as subject but an object that use by the leaders to get more money.

    I hopes those who support the CTA really wake up and look at their surrounding.

  3. They are going to sign another 17points agreement. Selling out Tibet.

  4. The only thing consistent about the CTA is its inconsistency.

    They tie themselves to the concepts of democracy and human rights, yet they carry out policies such as denying Tibetans their rights to an Indian passport. They rig elections. They also befriend neo-fascists in Japan who happen to dislike China. They also infamously carry out a decades old ban on the Buddhist Dorje Shugden practice by cutting off work opportunities to its practitioners, treatment at hospitals, and access to other facilities and services. This is done to such an extent that Dorje Shugden practitioners are not even allowed to shop at shops in Tibetan camps in India. This discrimination is also evident overseas.

    The other glaring inconsistency with the CTA is that while professing to follow His Holiness Dalai Lama’s wishes, the CTA openly aligns themselves with the independence or “Rangzen” movement, a movement seeking a return of independence to Tibet whilst His Holiness has for a very long time ascribed autonomy for the Tibetan Autonomous Region. Hence not only are they lying, they are also throwing eggs at His Holiness’ face!

    Another dastardly inconsistency is the potrayal of self-immolators in Tibet as some sort of “heroes” when the very well known fact is that Buddhism strongly discourages such acts which bring about very heavy negative karma and a poor rebirth to say the least. Loath to act to stop this, the CTA, as the government in exile, is by default encouraging it.

    So it is not surprising at all when Samdhong Rinpoche or Lobsang Sangay says one thing and then says or does another thing the next day. They have been at it for a long time. This time however, the internet’s reach is able to call their bluff.

  5. What a revealing article with facts and information for all Tibetans to think for themselves and do what they should and can do for themselves and the Dalai Lama whose wish is to return to China. In this context it is also the wish of all Tibetans in exile to have the choice to go home as they wish.

    This article also reveals the treachery of their foremost leaders, Lobsang Sangay and Samdhong Rinpoche, in deceiving the Tibetans and Dalai Lama.

    What else are these 2 leaders hiding and not accountable for? I imagine would be the stolen financial donations, which are not used to benefit Tibetans.

    Incompetence is one thing but lying and cheating fall into the category of treachery. APPALLING!!!!!

  6. Bottom line here is that no one is really interested in what they say anymore as whatever they say has to be taken with a pinch of salt. It gets tiring.

  7. Read this very matured opinion by Shenpenn Khymsar in Phayul.com


  8. It is quite unforgivable for either one of the 2 most trusted advisers to the Dalai Lama to lie about something on which hangs the hopes and dreams of all Tibetans.When the news broke that Samdhong Rinpoche had made a covert visit to China, there was such great excitement,and raised hopes,especially coming in the wake of the news of the Dalai Lama ‘s planned visit to China. Then the next shocking thing was Samdhong Rinpoche’s vehement denial that he had ever visited China!

    If the two wish to play mind games and politics, it should never be at the expense of playing with the hopes and dreams of Tibetans who had waited for so many decades for the fulfilment of these dreams of going back to a free Tibet. Most painful of all is that 151 Tibetans (who having been misinformed and misdirected)have self-immolated in the hope of helping towards the fulfilment of these dreams.

    Please come out with the truth Samdhong Rinpoche and Lobsang Sangay ! Tibetans can still have their dreams fulfilled by following closely what the Dalai Lama has advocated and is pushing for with China.May all conducive conditions arise and all obstacles be removed for the successful visit of the Dalai Lama to China.

  9. Perhaps both are lying, raising hope to appease the Tibetans, to show the Tibetans CTA is doing something. 🤥

  10. Dear ren,

    I really do not believe that either is raising hopes but lying, just to appease the Tibetans.

    This is because The Tribune and The Diplomat are very reputable publications and both articles are written by reputable persons.

    Also, China, which would have known if Samdhong Rinpoche did visit or not, but did ask The Tribune to make any factual corrections to the article they published.

  11. China made another intelligent maneuver in offering economic incentives in exchange for political favor. Recently, Senator Steve Daines of Montana hosted a delegation of Chinese Communist Party officials that oversee Tibet and undercut the simultaneous visit by the President of the Tibetan Government in exile in exchange for a $200 million deal with a leading Chinese retailer to export Montana’s beef to China. The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) is no match for China regarding political astuteness. If the CTA is smart, they will start to build rapport and stop condemning China for an event that happened over 60 years ago.

    Ngodup Tsering

    US Senator Exchanged Tibet For Economic Incentives With China?
    TJ editor| December 18, 2017
    A US Senator is reported to have overseen the fact that Tibet is going under a serious situation of human rights crisis for economic deals with China. According to an opinion in the Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin, China is bidding political favours in foreign countries in return for economic incentives they provide.
    “In its effort to cultivate foreign influence, the Chinese Communist Party boldly mixes economic incentives with requests for political favors. Its dealings with Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) this year offer a success story for Beijing.” write Josh Rogin in The Washington Post.
    The writer explains how the recent case with Senator Daines’s dealing with the China perfectly demonstrates how such an exchange took place.
    “Last month Daines announced a breakthrough in his long-standing effort to win access for Montana’s beef exports to China — a $200 million deal with a leading Chinese retailer.” said the opinion “Then, on Dec. 5, the regime of Xi Jinping got something at least as valuable from Daines. The senator hosted a delegation of Chinese Communist Party officials who oversee Tibet, at the request of the Chinese Embassy — thereby undercutting a simultaneous visit to Washington by the president of the Tibetan government in exile.”
    While The House Foreign Affairs Asia subcommittee held a hearing on December 6 about Chinese repression in Tibet in due consideration over China’s growing oppression in Tibet, inaccessibility of foreign media and officials into Tibet, etc., where Hollywood actor spoke as witness, Daines was reported to have praised Chinese officials in Tibet for doing “a good job in environmental protection and traditional cultural preservation.”

    US Senator Exchanged Tibet for Economic Incentives with China?

  12. This is really pathetic, to say the least. One says he went, once says he did not. Quit hiding already. It is time for new leadership is what I say. Time for Tibetans to get a new leader is what I say.

    Just why are they getting their facts all wrong because maybe they do not even know what each other is doing? Perhaps HH the Dalai Lama is creating his own journey out of CTA’s corruption. Seriously, I would not be surprised if that’s what happened and would, in fact, rejoice for HH. He has the right to return home to Tibet. CTA should support HH Dalai Lama and encourage this instead of deliberately causing more friction and tension between China and HHDL.

  13. Very sad read this news. Don’t know who is talking truth who is lieing. I tibet want return Tibet. I pray Dalai Lama bring we home. 😠😠

  14. You can only find this kind of nonsense in the Tibetan Political scene. It is ridiculous that Sikyong has no idea what Samdhong Rinpoche was doing and even more ridiculous to be slapped in the face by Samdhong Rinpoche who later denied his trip to China. What does the Sikyong do except for dining at the expensive restaurants with Dhardon Sharling?

  15. Poor Tibetans – they are always taken for a merry go around. When will this end?

  16. With regard to the alleged Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche’s visit to China, one should wonder why Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche had to deny his four-day visit to China after such visit was confirmed by Dr. Lobsang Sangay and now by a former Indian intelligence officer. If Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche had the best intention to promote the Dalai Lama’s middle way, then why he needs to deny this visit? After all the Sino-Tibetan relationship has been stagnant since 2011, the fact that Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche was able to secure a meeting with Chinese government officials should have been a great success for him, instead of becoming another source of controversy.

    Former Indian Intelligence Claims Samdhong Rinpoche Visited China
    A former Indian intelligence officer claims in an article that the former Kalon Tripa or the Prime minister of Tibetan government in exile, Professor Samdhong Rinpoche had a four days China visit in November last year. The article by the former RAW officer says that Dalai Lama’s envoy would have met senior Communist party leaders during the visit.
    Samdong Rimpoche’s visit to China materialised against the backdrop of strained India-China relations consequent to the face-off between Indian and Chinese troops at Doklam, says former RA&W officer Jayadeva Ranade according to the article in the Rediff.com.
    “Samdong Rimpoche, who was nominated a month earlier as the Dalai Lama’s envoy for talks with the Chinese authorities, would certainly have met senior Communist party leaders during his four-day stay in Kunming, capital of China’s Yunnan province.” added the report claiming that the two-term Kalon Tripa (‘prime minister’) of the Tibetan administration-in-exile and one of the Dalai Lama’s most trusted advisers had quietly travelled to China in late November 2017.
    The report also suggested that the Rinpoche would have met with the You Quan, a former party secretary of Fujian province whom Chinese President Xi Jinping appointed director of the united front work department in November or Zhang Yijiong, executive vice minister of the UFWD.
    As China still do not recognise the Central Tibetan Administration, functioning as the Tibetan government in exile, president Lobsang Sangay has not accompanied the Rinpoche in the China visit added the article by the former Indian intelligence.
    The former prime minister of Tibetan government in exile, Professor Samdhong Rinpoche however had earlier rubbished of the China visit when asked about whether he had made a China visit as being speculated and told that the news about his visit to China has no truth and it was nothing more than just media speculations.

    Samdhong Rinpoche Visited China

  17. China’s economic prowess is not to be underestimated. Leaders from various countries seek economic collaborations with China, who has been contributing to the world’s economic growth, especially in the past decade. The Indian Intelligence Bureau’s (IB) report highlighted the lack of opportunities in India for growth and advancement as the causes for Tibetan youth to willingly betray their host India and work as spies for China. Tibetan youth clearly have difficulties to survive in India as CTA failed to create sufficient jobs for the Tibetans in exile. This is a reality and we will see more and more trend like this and eventually Tibetans seeking improvement in their quality of life and intellectual advancement will leave India and ‘return’ to China.

    China recruiting “disgruntled” Tibetan refugees to spy on India: Intelligence Bureau
    Friday, January 05, 2018 19:56
    By Tenzin Dharpo
    DHARAMSHALA, Jan. 5: Indian Intelligence Bureau (IB) has reportedly said that China is recruiting Tibetan refugee youth in the Northeastern parts of India to provide strategic information in exchange for monetary gains.
    The IB, India’s internal intelligence agency, has issued a string of alerts that China is approaching Tibetan refugees settled in northeast India to provide strategic information about the area.
    According to The Print, a comprehensive report submitted to the central government will include how China had been targeting “disgruntled Tibetan refugees” in the region for the past two years and how many of the recruits have already left for China.
    An unnamed source from the IB was cited as saying “young Tibetan refugees” from Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and other parts of northeast India have been recruited as spies. “It appears to be China’s strategy to make a base in India to create a channel, through which it can constantly receive relevant strategic information,” the source told The Print.
    The same source also described the newer generations of Tibetans to be “volatile and vulnerable” whose desperation caused by unemployment and wish for a good lifestyle is tapped by China who assure money as well as job and education for their kids. 
    In addition to the report to be sent to Ministry of home affairs, the local police in the north east states have also been notified of the threat and may result in “scrutiny of Tibetan refugees” there soon.
    There are five Tibetan refugee settlements in the Northeast India; Choepheling- Miao, Dhargyeling –Tezu, Tenzigang- Bomdila and Tuting-Bomdila in Arunachal Pradesh and Kunphenling- Ravangla in Sikkim as well as smaller pockets of Tibetans in Sonada and Darjeeling area overseen by the exile Tibetan government here in Dharamshala, known as the Central Tibetan Administration. 

    Phayul_China recruiting “disgruntled” Tib_ - http___www.phayul.com_news_article.aspx

  18. Samdhong Rinpoche’s November visit to China is brought up again in this article because it may have implication to India’s politics. At the moment, it is not clear yet as to what transpired during Samdhong Rinpoche’s 4-day visit to China and how the development may impact the progress of Tibetan cause or India-China relations. The confusion and curiosity related to this visit were increased a notch recently after Samdhong Rinpoche denied that this visit even occurred. It is very likely that the public may speculate further about Samdhong Rinpoche’s real intention behind the visit and why he was hiding it, and the speculation could run wild and impose a new risk to the Tibetan cause and India China relations. Therefore, it is best for Samdhong Rinpoche to clarify this matter once and for all.

    Tibet developments may put pressure on India
    Samdong Rimpoche’s visit to China materialised against the backdrop of strained India-China relations consequent to the face-off between Indian and Chinese troops at Doklam, says former RA&W officer Jayadeva Ranade.
    There have been important developments relating to Tibet since the Chinese Communist Party congress ended in Beijing on October 25, 2017 and the two months thereafter.
    All of them have implications for India and some could potentially put India under sustained pressure.
    The first was the indication that the Chinese Communist Party’s central committee’s united front work department, which is responsible for supervising non-Communist parties and ethnic minorities including the Tibet and Xinjiang Autonomous Regions, was preparing to take fresh initiatives.
    This was the dramatic ‘leak’ that Samdong Rimpoche – a former two-term Kalon Tripa (‘prime minister’) of the Tibetan administration-in-exile and among the Dalai Lama’s most trusted advisers — had quietly travelled to China in late November 2017.
    Samdong Rimpoche, who was nominated a month earlier as the Dalai Lama’s envoy for talks with the Chinese authorities, would certainly have met senior Communist party leaders during his four-day stay in Kunming, capital of China’s Yunnan province.
    There is speculation that Rimpoche could have met You Quan, a former party secretary of Fujian province whom Chinese President Xi Jinping appointed director of the united front work department in November or Zhang Yijiong, executive vice minister of the UFWD.
    If Rimpoche met Chinese leaders, this would be the first acknowledged contact between an envoy of the Dalai Lama and Chinese Communist officials since negotiations between the two sides were suspended in 2010.
    China’s official media has, however, not yet mentioned a visit by a senior leader to Kunming during this period.
    Dr Lobsang Sangay, the Sikyong (head) of the Central Tibetan Administration, obliquely confirmed that Professor Rimpoche had visited China. He was replying to a question posed by former foreign secretary Kanwal Sibal on the sidelines of the M L Sondhi memorial lecture in New Delhi on December 14, when he cautioned ‘Don’t read too much into it. At most it’s a private visit and it’s too early to say anything.’
    It is pertinent that Lobsang Sangay — who is the other envoy nominated by the Dalai Lama for talks with the Chinese — did not accompany Samdong Rimpoche probably because China continues to adhere to its policy of not recognising the Central Tibetan Administration in Dharamsala. No relaxation has been noticed in China’s policies towards Tibetans or Tibet so far.
    Samdong Rimpoche’s visit also materialised against the backdrop of strained India-China relations consequent to the face-off between Indian and Chinese troops at Doklam and threats made at the time by China through its official media.
    It comes too in the wake of an international conference convened by the Tibetan administration-in-exile in October 2017 to finalise a long-term action plan, including revival of Tibetan Buddhism in the Indo-Himalayan border belt.
    At the same time a securitisation of Tibet is taking place. Following up on Xi Jinping’s work report to the party congress — which for the first time devoted an entire section to poverty alleviation — the Tibet Autonomous Region has launched a campaign to tackle poverty and simultaneously enhance security.
    It has decided to build ‘well-off border villages’ along Tibet’s ‘borders with India, Nepal, Bhutan and other neighbouring countries to ensure the security of the borders and maintain stability’ in the region.
    The State-owned Global Times newspaper on December 25, 2017 asserted that ‘confronting separatism remains a challenge for the region. Raising living standards for local residents is a fundamental way to guard against activity sabotaging China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity’.
    ‘Tibet’s rural poverty alleviation,’ the newspaper added, will help maintain stability in the border areas’.
    Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns in the TAR are being co-opted to sensitise people and ensure that Buddhism serves socialism.
    Additionally, the decision to bring the people’s armed police force (PAPF) directly under the central military commission with effect from January 1, 2018 puts Tibet under the direct control of the people’s liberation army (PLA).
    Xi Jinping had earlier appointed PLA officers loyal to him as the commander and political commissar of the PAPF.
    Since the PAPF is deployed in strength in Tibet’s main towns, rural countryside and border areas, the PLA officers — who are now being re-inducted into the party standing committees at the provincial and county levels — will have an enhanced role.
    In addition to deploying PAPF troops when civilian authorities request assistance, the PLA officers will have a greater role in military-civil coordination and be directly involved in building the ‘well-off border villages’.
    Each of these villages is to be connected by road, thereby facilitating military movement along the border with India.
    Finally, the TAR leadership is being encouraged to push the Belt and Road Initiative and Bangladesh China India Myanmar Corridor with Tibet’s neighbours.
    To promote the BRI and BCIM, China has announced it will expand TAR’s road network from 82,000 kms to 89,000 kms by 2020.
    Chinese officials have earlier pointed out that there are 70 road links between China and Nepal and there have been suggestions of a new China-Nepal-India Corridor.
    The aim will be to build pressure on India by creating public opinion, including by co-opting Tibetans, to endorse the BRI and China’s plans of connectivity.
    Jayadeva Ranade, a former Additional Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat, Government of India, is presently President, Centre for China Analysis and Strategy.


  19. Instead of creating employment opportunities, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) has nurtured a culture where Tibetans expect handouts and foreign aids to get by. As a result, they created a new generation of Tibetan refugees who are volatile and vulnerable, and always depend on others to help them out of circumstances. Now, Tibetan refugees in India do not even hesitate to compromise the security of their host country, India, who has been so kind to them, in exchange for monetary gain.

    China luring Tibetan refugees in India to work as its spies, Intelligence Bureau warns
    ANANYA BHARDWAJ | 5 January, 2018
    IB issues alert that many refugees settled in northeast India are being paid and offered jobs by China in exchange for strategic information.
    New Delhi: Amid rising India-China tensions along the Line of Actual Control, the Intelligence Bureau (IB) has issued a string of alerts warning that Tibetan refugees settled in northeast India are being approached by China to provide strategic information about the area.
    While China has reportedly managed to convince a number of young Tibetan refugees to work as its spies in exchange for money, it is aiming to recruit many more, IB sources told ThePrint.
    According to the alert, based on which a detailed report will soon be submitted to the government, China had been eyeing disgruntled Tibetan refugees in the region for the past two years. Sources said that many of the refugees it has recruited have already left for China.
    “We received an alert stating that young Tibetan refugees settled in areas of Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and other parts of northeast India are moving to China. We learnt that China is trying to recruit the refugees as spies in the area,” a source said. 
    “It appears to be China’s strategy to make a base in India to create a channel, through which it can constantly receive relevant strategic information.”
    The local police in the concerned states have also been sounded out about the alert. A report is being prepared and will be submitted to the Ministry of Home Affairs, following which a scrutiny of Tibetan refugees in the area may start.
    “The present generation of Tibetan refugees is very volatile and vulnerable. While they wish to have a good lifestyle, they do not have any job opportunities. This is what the Chinese took advantage of to plant their spies,” the source said.
    “The Chinese reportedly not only promise them good money in exchange for information, but also a good job and education for their children in China. However, it is still not known as to how many refugees the Chinese have been able to mobilise.”
    Asked about the IB alert, a Home ministry official said: “It may be a possibility. We will look into it.”


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