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INSPECTING THE STRAIGHT LINES OF THE CHINESE DREAM

XI JINPING COMES TO AMDO QINGHAI Xi Jinping’s recent tour of inspection of Qinghai province suggests all is well in the northern half of the Tibetan Plateau, which, in China’s usage has become hyphenated, as the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, or QTP. … Continue reading

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If Development is the solution, what is the problem?

TROUBLED TIBET: THE PREFECTURES OF KANDZE AND NGAWA For the densely populated inland province of Sichuan, its mountainous Tibetan rump has always been an anomaly. Sichuan is a largely lowland province, stiflingly hot and humid in summer, made more fiery … Continue reading

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ALL AT SEA WITH THE LHASA CONSENSUS

CHINA’S HISTORIC RIGHTS TO OCEANS AND PLATEAUS First, we had the “Washington consensus” of the 1990s, a convergence of “well-known facts” about the inevitable triumph of capitalism, after the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold … Continue reading

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MICKEY MOUSE CONQUERS CHINA

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO CULTURAL IMPERIALISM? If, as the Chinese Communist Party insists, the imperialist West has never given up on its plot to dominate and humiliate China (and uses Tibet as a weapon to weaken China), then why has China … Continue reading

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TERROR EAST AND WEST

Old Europe, New China and those Tibetan terrorists In the commodious grounds of the oldest of Dutch think tanks, the Clingendael Institute, the pastoral idyll abounds. Green meadows, clipped formal gardens, sheep grazing safely in their fields; and a  Japanese … Continue reading

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“L’exploitation minière intensive profite aux Chinois, pas aux Tibétains”

Published in the Belgian media La Libre: “L’exploitation minière intensive du Toit du monde profite aux Chinois, pas aux Tibétains” VERHEST SABINE Publié le lundi 30 mai 2016 http://www.lalibre.be/actu/planete/l-exploitation-miniere-intensive-du-toit-du-monde-profite-aux-chinois-pas-aux-tibetains-527dbd3a3570ea593db72c55 Du cuivre, de l’or, de l’argent et bien d’autres minerais : si l’exploitation … Continue reading

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DROPPING TIBET, FIGHTING  GRAVITY

DIVERTING TIBETAN WATERS INTO THE CANAL TO THE DEEP NORTH #1 in a series of 8 blog posts on Tibetan rivers   China can and does import every natural resource it needs, with one exception. China can afford to source … Continue reading

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DEFYING GRAVITY

  SACRIFICING TIBETAN RIVERS FOR CHINESE COAL #2 in a series of 8 blog posts on China’s latest plans for Tibetan rivers   BIG COAL’S BIG THIRST All stages of coal production require water. At the coal face, if workers … Continue reading

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DEFYING ECONOMICS

WATER DIVERSION ON  A MASSIVE SCALE, FROM TIBET TO LOWER CHINA   #3 in a series of 8 blog posts on China’s latest plans for Tibetan rivers   China has long planned to channel billions of cubic metres of water … Continue reading

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ELECTRIFYING TIBET

BIG RESERVOIRS AND BIG DAMS #4 in a series of 8 blogs on China’s latest plans for Tibetan rivers The big new reservoirs for diverting Tibetan waters northward to the exhausted Yellow River are far from the only Chinese interventions … Continue reading

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