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Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Members of the Congressional Delegation who traveled to Tibet and China held a press conference on November 17, 2015 following their historic visit last week. Here is a video recording and transcript of the press conference.

Watch and read the transcript of their press conference



Tibet's plea: Fix the roof of the world

Published in Latest news
Tuesday, 10 November 2015

[The Guardian] The roof of the world. That is what Tibet has long been known as. The phrase conjures up images of summits, with their mountain peaks, glaciers, permafrost and the nomads who live on the land.

But a roof is also symbolic of a home, and is the structure that protects those who live there. And, as we all know, if the roof is structurally compromised, then so is the home. Tibet’s glaciers are melting, and the world needs to notice. Its permafrost is degrading, and the world needs to care. Tibet is suffering from massive deforestation and damming projects, and the world needs to act. Read more 

[BBC] Three years ago, China froze all high-level contact with the UK when Prime Minister David Cameron met the Dalai Lama, the Spiritual leader of Tibet. But relations between the two countries thawed significantly after Mr Cameron said he had no plans to meet him again.

Now, with President Xi Jinping in the UK for a state visit, what do people in Tibet make of Britain's strengthening ties with China?  Watch Beijing correspondent John Sudworth's report from Aba.

[Reuters] Beijing is blunting scrutiny of its rights record at the venue created to protect victims of state repression – the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva. Its success is evidence of China’s growing ability to stifle opposition abroad.

“He just took a photo of me,” Golog Jigme said, gesturing at Zhang, who was standing with his smartphone in his hand. Zhang’s action violated a ban on photography in the halls of the United Nations, except by accredited photographers. “When I was hiding in the mountains, the Chinese government announced a cash reward of 200,000 yuan (about $31,000) for whoever finds me,” said the monk. “Maybe he wants the cash reward.”

Read the Reuters's investigative report.