From May 2013, our Chinese language journal, Liaowang Xizang, will become a quarterly with in-depth look at specific issues. This is part of the shift in our strategic focus by becoming more research oriented.
We feel this move will enable us to be more effective in the public discourse on Tibet in the Chinese-speaking community in China, Tibet, as well as in other parts of the world.
The first issue under this format will be published in May 2013 and will look at the Chinese Communist Party’s approach towards the Tibetan issue and project possible scenarios and what they mean for the future of Tibet and China.
If we want to know Chinese Communist Party and Government’s current policies in Tibet, we have to review the overall strategies adopted by the Communist for the past several decades. What were very important policies made by the previous Chinese Communist Party congresses regarding Tibet and Tibetans? What were significant impact on Tibet and Tibetan people by these policies? Why did the Chinese Communist Party implement such policies? Through the combination of review and analysis, the issue will see what the historical basis for the 18th Chinese Communist Party Congress’ Tibetan policy was, and from there, make some arguments whether the leaders in the post 18th Party Congress are likely to implement a positive Tibet policy or not.
The above are some of the issues that we intend to address, including a set of recommendations for the creation of a situation that enables the Tibetan people to live with dignity and respect, and for the Chinese regime to understand that this is even in the long term interest of China itself.
Other topics that will be covered in subsequent issues include China’s plans for a second generation ethnic policy and its implications on Tibetans and Tibetan revolutionaries, etc.
We will continue our online outreach as well as discussions with Chinese scholars and intellectuals.