Category Archives: China

Issues within China

WITNESSING DEVELOPMENT

CCP’s SIXTH WORK FORUM ON ALL TIBETAN AREAS The Chinese Communist Party’s Sixth Work Forum on Tibet has just wrapped. Like the previous high-level conclaves, it will take time to find out what its real significance is, such as new … Continue reading

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TIANJIN CYANIDE EXPLOSION:

 THE TIBET CONNECTIONS Why were 700 tons of sodium cyanide sitting in a Tianjin warehouse waiting to explode? What was all that cyanide for? Tianjin is a very long way from Tibet, yet they are historically connected, and the cyanide, … Continue reading

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THE GREATEST CLIMATE CHANGE MOVIE EVER

RIVER ROAD Two brothers set off on the road, the road home, leaving behind the school and its insistent rote learning of modernity. The road is the river bed, bereft of water and vegetation, a flat sandy bed along which … Continue reading

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Dancing the Canadian Chinese mining two-step

Tibet, Congo or Papua New Guinea When, in 2012, I wrote a book about mining in Tibet, it seemed China’s appetite for minerals was insatiable, having survived the great global recession of 2009 onwards with hardly a blip in demand. … Continue reading

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MASTIFFS AND WOLVES

THE RISE AND FALL OF THE TIBETAN MASTIFF; THE FALL AND RISE OF THE WOLF AS TOTEM OF THE CHINA DREAM The mastiff guard dogs of the Tibetan pastoralists preceded their owners into modernity. Early this century China discovered an … Continue reading

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GOLD CRASHES: GOOD FOR TIBET?

“While greed and fear, trust and mistrust have an influence over the price of many assets, like houses and stocks, those ultimately produce some income, which provides a fundamental base from which markets can infer prices. Gold, on the other … Continue reading

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COME OUT AND GO OUT: CHINA’S REVEALING KEY WORDS

China’s behemoth global investment strategy   #18 in a series on THE FUTURE OF TIBET Chinese, for all its subtlety, can be a blunt language. Two key terms, to “go out” and to “come out” reveal a simple desire for … Continue reading

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The China Model and its stake in Tibet

 State Capitalism is supposed to fade away, but it keeps on growing #17 in a series on THE FUTURE OF TIBET The state-owned enterprises (SOEs) which own the key mineral deposits of Tibet, such as Zijin and Western Mining, are … Continue reading

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TIBET OR ZAMBIA? PERU OR TIBET?

DILEMMAS OF CHINA’S STATE OWNED MINING GIANTS #14 in a series on the FUTURE OF TIBET In the worldwide scramble for resources, Chinese state owned corporations seek to guarantee supply on a planetary scale. From the perspec tive of the … Continue reading

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Chinese characteristics of the world’s factory

CHINA’S INSATIABLE APPETITE #14 in a series on THE FUTURE OF TIBET For Many Tibetans, all that is needful is to know that “China does this or that.” Sometimes this is stated even more sweepingly as: “the Chinese are doing … Continue reading

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