Buddha statue looking out at the Himalayan range from behind (Tindal)
BEIJING/KATHMANDU (Reuters, Dec. 24, 2009) - Nepal's prime minister will visit the Tibetan capital of Lhasa during his upcoming trip to China, as China tries to forge closer ties with its southern neighbor in order to control a restive minority at home.
Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal's six-day trip, beginning Saturday, highlights his administration's strategic balancing act between giant rivals China and India, and his efforts to show domestic opponents he too commands China's support.
Glaciers, Bome County, in southeastern Tibet's Nyingchi Prefecture, 9/20/07. China's Tibet Autonomous Region has been hit hard by global warming, and it's set to get even harder (Xinhua). PHOTOS
BEIJING (Xinhua, Dec. 6, 2009) -- The Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau is the Earth's third largest store of ice after the South and North poles. But that store is rapidly melting amid the onset of climate change. It will affect the water supply for up to a billion people and the atmospheric circulation for more than half the planet. Xie Zheng, meets the people living on the plateau and enduring its changes. More>>