Protests by Tibetans who defy Beijing's sovereignty have been routine for 50 years. However, over the past 11 months a new type of demonstration by Tibetan Buddhists, mostly monks and nuns, has taken place, shocking the world community. Tibetan Buddhists are sacrificing their lives by setting themselves on fire, sending the message loud and clear - the Tibet issue is alive.

Melbourne: - I met with Frank Ruanjie on a Monday afternoon in the centre of Melbourne, at the city-end of Chinatown. We found a quiet spot in a restaurant upstairs where only a few teenagers came to hang out after school, and had a long chat over coffee and hot chocolate.

Dharamshala: A Tibetan campaigner has appealed to fellow residents of a south Indian settlement to 'fight for the common cause.' Indian born Lobsang Tenzin, 51, a volunteer settlement representative at the Hunsur, Rabgyal Ling settlement, near Mysore, told the Tibet Post: 'In our society many people fight for themselves only.

Dharamshala: - On October 23rd, The Prime Minister of the Tibetan Government in exile, Lobsang Sangay sat down for an interview with Karan Thapar of CNN IBN, on The Devil's Advocate. They discussed two main issues- the cause of Tibet in the face of China's steadily augmenting economic and political power, along with the recently flared debate on how His Holiness the Dalai Lama's successor is to be elected.

Dharamshala: What first struck me about Bhutuk, the Tibetan monk who self-immolated in Kathmandu last month, was the beaming smile with which he told much of his story.

Dharamshala: - On the 25th of October, the Tibet Post International was given the opportunity to interview three imminent Taiwanese delegates during their week-long visit to Dharamshala, and discuss several matters in relation to Tibet, including the issue of Chinese dominance over Taiwan and Tibet, and how the alliance of the two countries might be beneficiary to the development of democracy in both places.

Dharamshala: The US Senate confirmed former Commerce Secretary Gary Locke as Ambassador to China on 27 July 2011. Excerpts from response given by the Ambassador to questions posed to him by Senators in connection with the confirmation hearing follows:

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