Category Archives: China

Issues within China

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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China’s unfinished agenda in Tibet

CAN A COMMAND ECONOMY BUY THE WORLD? #12 in a series on the FUTURE OF TIBET   Would a truly market economy want to mine Tibet? If China has truly become a market economy there is little reason, on a … Continue reading

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CHINA’S STATE CAPITALISM

MAKING MONEY BY SELLING OFFICIAL PERMISSIONS, INCLUDING MINING RIGHTS TO TIBETAN RESOURCES #9 in a series on THE FUTURE OF TIBET Many Chinese leaders are happy to identify China’s unique fusion of political and economic power as “state capitalism.” Ironically, … Continue reading

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