Magazine article Foreign Affairs

Blessings from Beijing: Inside China's Soft-Power War on Tibet

Magazine article Foreign Affairs

Blessings from Beijing: Inside China's Soft-Power War on Tibet

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Blessings From Beijing: Inside China's Soft-Power War on Tibet BY GREG C. BRUNO. University Press of New England, 2018, 240 pp.

The title of this book alludes to a sarcastic comment made by the Dalai Lama in 2009 about Chinese efforts to suppress the Tibetan diaspora. "Totalitarian regimes sort of pressure everywhere, even in the United States," he said. "I think India and Nepal are receiving some special blessing from Peking." There are about 130,000 Tibetan exiles living in the Indian city of Dharamsala (the site of the Central Tibetan Administration's headquarters) and elsewhere in South Asia, Europe, and the United States. China has directed relentless, if not very successful, propaganda at the exiled community, has used its economic leverage over Nepal to block the traditional route for emigration from Tibet to India, and has played diplomatic hardball in its efforts to isolate the Dalai Lama internationally. …

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