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Neoliberal Tibet and China’s end game

WHY THE CHARISMATIC KHENPOS OF TIBET URGE PASTORALISTS TO WITHOLD LIVESTOCK FROM CHINA’S URBAN NEOLIBERAL MARKET WHICH PROMISES PROSPERITY, AND INVARIABLY FAILS. GABRIEL LAFITTE   glafitte1@gmail.com  Department of Management, Faculty of Business & Economics, Monash University Presented to CONTESTING TIBET SEMINAR, … Continue reading

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MILKING TIBET

NEOLIBERAL CHINA FINDS NEW WAYS OF EXPLOITING TIBET China’s failure to make constructive use of Tibet’s traditional economy is a major tragedy. For decades there was opportunity to build linkages with the Tibetan livestock raising economy and the growing Chinese … Continue reading

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XI JINPING’S NEW GREAT WALL OF COPPER AND IRON

MAKING CHINA IMPREGNABLE AGAINST THE RAW BARBARIANS, WITH YET ANOTHER GREAT WALL Ever since the ascendancy of Xi Jinping as China’s new helmsman, at the end of 2012, Tibetans have looked for signs of fresh thinking on ethnic relations. With … Continue reading

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TIBET AS A BRANDNAME OF CHINA Inc

CREATING “CHINA’S TIBET” Have you ever wondered at the persistent coupling of Tibet with the possessive prefix China’s? China’s Tibet is obsessively used to claim possession, since that claim is so clearly contested. China never talks of China’s Xinjiang, or … Continue reading

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LAND OF TIBET/TIBETAN LAND part one

WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF THE TIBETAN PLATEAU, AS INHABITED, USEFUL AND PRODUCTIVE LAND? FIRST OF TWO BLOGPOSTS ON WHAT MAY HAPPEN SOON TO TIBET   Mining and land rights of communities directly affected by mining are fraught topics worldwide, … Continue reading

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LAND OF TIBET/TIBETAN LAND part two

WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF THE TIBETAN PLATEAU, AS INHABITED, USEFUL AND PRODUCTIVE LAND? SECOND OF TWO BLOGPOSTS ON WHAT MAY HAPPEN SOON TO TIBET WHAT DIRECTION IS THE WORLD TAKING? China is at odds with the world trend. Currently, … Continue reading

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CHINA’S “GREAT WESTERN THOROUGHFARE”: BY SHIP TO TIBET

CHINA’S MEGA PROJECT TO CAPTURE TIBETAN RIVERS: PART TWO The previous blogpost revealed the vision of the official custodians of China’s Yellow River to build a huge inland shipway, capable of allowing shiops as big as 50,000 tonnes, as far … Continue reading

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CHINA’S PLAN FOR CAPTURING ALL TIBETAN RIVERS

  BIG, BIGGER, BIGGEST A major official agency, the Yellow River Water Conservancy, has grandiose plans to dam all the major rivers of Tibet, and pump massive amounts of water (using hydropower generated in Tibet) uphill to the Yellow River … Continue reading

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SAVING PLANET EARTH BY SHUTTING OUT THE NOMADS

IS IT THE SCIENCE OF ECOLOGY, IS IT CHINA’S MISUSE OF SCIENTIFIC RHETORIC, OR IS IT JUST ME THAT DOESN’T GET IT? China says it is doing the Earth a service by banning grazing, and the Tibetan nomads who graze … Continue reading

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WE ALL WANT A WIN-WIN WORLD

……………..BUT FOR THE TIBETAN NOMADS, THAT’S NOT HOW THE WORLD WORKS China and Australia, after years of delay, are now moving to finalise a Free Trade Agreement (FTA). There is a silent partner at the table. Both countries are confident … Continue reading

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