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Talks Delayed Amidst Blackout

The Chinese government, citing the Sichuan earthquake, postponed a highly anticipated meeting scheduled for June 11 with representatives of the Tibetan government in exile in Dharamsala, India. Meanwhile Beijing still maintains a news blackout from Tibet, which explains why few have heard about the 16 Buddhist monks arrested and charged after a series of bombings in April, or the Buddhist monks and nuns who continue to protest within Tibet, as well as further arrests by the Chinese police. Many say Tibetans struggle to pay fines and master texts on “patriotic education,” while armed paramilitary units guard access to their monasteries. As of publication, Tibet remains closed to foreign journalists and tourists.


The Consequences of Speaking Out

Huang Qi, a leading Chinese cyber-dissident who criticizes the communist government was kidnapped with two other activists on June 10 in Chengdu, China. Another 10 foreign journalists were expelled from Sichuan province. China has detained thousands of Muslims in the Xinjiang region and forced Muslim religious officials to undergo “political education.” In the northern tip of Nepal adjoining Tibet, a famine looms after China closed its border in a bid to crush protests by pro-Tibet activists ahead of the August Olympics.

A Hopeful Note

The Dalai Lama said that talks with China’s government may resume as soon as next month, and he urged his supporters not to cause trouble when the Olympic torch passes through the Himalayas in the run-up to the games.

Christal Smith is senior producer of the monthly public radio newsmagazine, The Tibet Connection. Visit their website to read daily updates on the news from Tibet and to learn more about how you can be involved:

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