This is what a prominent Tibetan refugee feels about the situation on the India - Tibet - China issue. That China is insecure over Tibet, there is no doubt. It is a revelation that China spends more money on Internal Security than on her external defence. This is quite telling about how China maintains her territorial integrity and internal 'peace'. There is no doubt that of late the Indian Govt has been quite positive in responding to China's irrational demands. And that is a good sign where it is being conveyed to China that international relationship is based on reciprocity and mutual respect and not pure dadagiri. On the issue of travel to and in Tibet, it is controlled. All foreigners wanting to visit Tibet have to be a part of a 'tour group' (minimum 5 persons) and should have a permit from the Tibetan Tourism Bureau permit, Chinese insurance, a minimum tree day tour and also a return ticket to a choice of three desitinations (Katmandu, Chengdu, Golmund). Longer stay would mean paying Y 100 per day. A local guide is essential. The danger is that even if the guide is a Tibetan, the guide could be an agent or an informer of the Public Security Bureau. There used to be buses to the Nepal border along the Friendship Highway to Zhangmu but it has been discontinued. Private agencies however advertise minibus tours to the border, which cost Y 250 to Y 350 for a two day trip. Whatever, the situation in Tibet or even in China is not that rosy as is usually portrayed. However, the US cutting China to size is playing a positive role in maintain peace and tranquillity around the Asia Pacific region. That is a good sign.