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MINING TIBET

CHINA’S EXPLOITATION OF TIBET’S MINERAL RESOURCES Radio Free Asia is broadcasting in Tibetan a series of talks on China’s exploitation of the mineral wealth of the Tibetan Plateau. Below is the English text on which the Tibetan broadcasts are based, … Continue reading

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THE PLAN FOR A CHENGDU TO LHASA RAILWAY

FORGING THE CHAGLAM IRON PATH ACROSS EASTERN TIBET First of two blogs In 2006, when the single track rail line across the permafrost of northern Tibet to Lhasa began operation, China congratulated itself, long and loud, for its engineering accomplishment. … Continue reading

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CHINA’S FIVE-YEAR PLAN FOR A CHENGDU TO LHASA RAILWAY

a case study in the meanings of dependence #2 of 2 blogs ENGINEERING PRECIPITOUS KHAM From Chengdu and the Sichuan basin the new railway climbs to the Tibetan Plateau from Chaksam (in Chinese Luding), at the crossing of the Dadu … Continue reading

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NATIONAL PARKS IN TIBET, PARKING THE NATIONALS OF TIBET

WHY NATIONAL PARKS IN TIBET? #1 of 2 blogposts “China is considering establishing a national park in the Sanjiangyuan (Sources of Three Rivers) Area to protect the headwaters of the Yangtze, Yellow and Lancang (Mekong) rivers. A meeting of the … Continue reading

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PARKING THE NATIONALS OF TIBET, NEW NATIONAL PARKS IN TIBET

#2 of 2 blogposts GROWING MORE GRASS IN TIBET: INTEGRAL TO CHINA’S GLOBAL CLIMATE DIPLOMACY Western China, especially the Tibetan Plateau , has become China’s primary contribution to the global effort to mitigate or at least adapt to inevitable climate … Continue reading

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INHOSPITABLE TIBET, INTRACTABLE POVERTY?

DEPOPULATING THE TIBETAN PLATEAU IN THE NAME OF ENDING POVERTY As China’s parliament officially endorses the latest Five-Year Plan, announcements are made, confirming the determination of central planners to do all that is possible to fully eliminate poverty and backwardness, … Continue reading

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Panchen Rinpoche’s Australian Visit April May 1986

30 years ago: Panchen Rinpoche comes to Australia #1 of 2 blogs When we first heard, improbably, that the Panchen Lama was coming to Australia, we didn’t really know what to do. It was 30 years ago, early 1986, and we … Continue reading

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PANCHEN RINPOCHE MEETS AUSSIE PASTORALISTS

THE PANCHEN LAMA IN AUSTRALIA #2 of two blogs on the 30TH anniversary of the Panchen Lama’s 1986 tour of Australian sheep ranches, with time for a phone call from the Dalai Lama. When the Panchen Lama arrived in Australia, … Continue reading

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Planetary climate agreement: what does it mean for Tibet?

GLOBAL AGREEMENT ON WHAT DO ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE: FUTURE IMPACTS ON TIBET #1 in a blog series of 3 Around the world, everyone was relieved that the negotiations in Paris in December 2015 finally produced agreement on what, as a … Continue reading

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THE GLOBAL CARBON MARKET: INVESTING IN TIBET?

THE GLOBAL CARBON MARKET CONTEMPLATES INVESTING IN TIBET: A GUIDE TO THE NEW JARGON #2 in a blog series of 3   If the world arrives in Tibet, announcing corporate investment in carbon capture on the Tibetan Plateau, it will … Continue reading

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