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Death Toll Rises Again from Storm in Burma; Karmapa visit; Beijing Accuses TYC of Terror Ties May 6, 2008

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More than 22,000. The junta allows aid to trickle in.

The Karmapa’s visit to the U.S. is coming up. His schedule is on this site. At Tricycle we’re obligated to mention the controversy over who is the 17th Karmapa, and that there are duelling Karmapas, but this site, which of course has an agenda, says it’s a non-issue. It is true that the Karmapa who is coming to the U.S. has a bigger following here, which may explain why he is coming. This is not to stoke controversy or push an agenda — this visit is a big deal for Buddhism in America.

Beijing says the Tibetan Youth Congress has ties to Al Qaeda. They must be angling for funding from teh Department of Homeland Security. Of course, our government would have to borrow the money from Beijing to pay Beijing anyway

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Dalai Lama’s Envoys Head to China May 2, 2008

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The talks will be “informal” and their visit will be “brief”.

Update: The torch in Hong Kong.

More Arrests in Tibet Ahead of Everest Photo-Ops April 30, 2008

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China doesn’t care what you think:

China has stepped up persecution of Buddhist monks with mass detentions, Tibet activists said Wednesday, as China prepares to take the Olympic torch to the top of Mount Everest.

The actions came a day after six monks were given lengthy prison sentences in the first trial of rioters since deadly violence in Tibet’s capital last month.

Torch enters China April 30, 2008

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After a troubled world tour, the torch arrived on Chinese soil, in Hong Kong. Several potential protesters were turned away at the airport.

China Jails 30 April 29, 2008

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Jail sentences for those accused of participating in last month’s protests / riots.

Free Tibet flags April 28, 2008

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Made in China. But so is everything else. China is a factory. Its decisions are business decisions.

China agrees to meet Dalai Lama’s envoys April 25, 2008

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At heart China is a business, and this turmoil was hurting the bottom line:

China appeared to bend to international pressure on Friday as the government announced it would meet with envoys of the Dalai Lama, an unexpected shift that comes as violent Tibetan demonstrations in western China have threatened to cast a pall over the Beijing Olympics in August.

Rudd and Hu; Buddhism and Gender April 22, 2008

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Buddhism and gender, from the Lehigh University newspaper.

Plus, an account of Tibetan Buddhism from the Chinese media and the story of a Tibetan refugee in Salt Lake City.

Hu Jintao and Kevin Rudd of Australia are having an interesting back and forth over the Tibet issue:

President Hu Jintao made a terrific speech at the opening of the Boao Forum on Hainan island that Rudd attended. Earlier that day he had held his first formal discussion with Rudd as Australian leader.

The Chinese media did not cover this in the usual way, stiff photos of the leaders sitting in large adjacent armchairs and a few familiar phrases about warm relations.

Instead, we saw the party’s propaganda department using the meeting to send the strongest possible message.

The focus of the Chinese media’s coverage of the discussions, guided unerringly by the propaganda department, whose boss Rudd met during his previous visit to Beijing 18 months ago, was a lecture by Hu to Rudd.

The official Xinhua news agency quoted him as saying: “Our conflict with the Dalai clique is not an ethnic problem, not a religious problem, not a human rights problem. It is a problem of either safeguarding national unification or splitting the motherland. The Tibet problem is entirely an internal issue of China.”

Rudd had said in his brilliantly conceived and delivered speech at Beijing University that opened his visit to China three days earlier that “it is necessary to recognise there are significant human rights problems” in Tibet.

Now he was being told: don’t think that just because you speak Chinese, know China well, and describe yourself as a “zhengyou” (a true friend) that gives you immunity from getting China wrong, or from our telling you in plain words when you’ve got us wrong.

Dalai Lama to US: Help Resolve Tibet Crisis; Torch Everest Coverage Altered April 22, 2008

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If he only knew the U.S. can’t stand up to China.

Japan, a little irked at China’s belligerent rhetoric, will allow protests when the torch visits. Democracy rules.

A pro-Tibet rally took place in Jakarta Tuesday as the torch made its way through Indonesia’s capital.

And China’s changed the way the media will cover the Everest/Tibet portion of the flame’s route:

China is altering plans for media coverage of the Olympic flame’s ascent of Mount Everest, with officials saying Tuesday that harsh weather is making reporting conditions difficult.

The changes, in effect, mean that foreign reporters would likely spend only 10 days overall in Tibet — about half the time initially planned.

Officials denied that the changes were connected to protests and riots in Tibet against Chinese rule last month. After the protests, the government allowed a group foreign reporters to visit the Tibetan capital of Lhasa only to have the carefully scripted trip upended by a protest by monks at an important Buddhist shrine.

“This has nothing to do with the situation in Tibet,” Wang Hui, a spokeswoman for the organizing committee, known as Bocog, told foreign reporters. “It’s all because of the uncertain weather conditions.”

Tibet in National Geographic April 22, 2008

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More beautiful pictures (and more) from National Geo. [Photo: A Tibetan boy dresses up as a Chinese policeman. By Steve McCurry.]