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INTO A WORLD LED BY CHINESE CHARACTERISTICS

HOW TIBETANS FARED AT THE WORLD PARKS CONGRESS 2014 When China gains leadership of global institutions, everything shifts. The urbane, talented Chinese who now head the World Health Organisation and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) are pioneers in … Continue reading

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PROTECTION OR DESTITUTION?

  What is really happening in protected areas in China BY ENVIRONMENT DESK OF TIBET POLICY INSTITUTE, INDIA For IUCN World Parks Congress 2014   When a government declares an area protected that’s good. When state power draws a red … Continue reading

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THE LHASA CONSENSUS

“LHASA CONSENSUS” AND CHINA’S WESTWARDS DEVELOPMENT A gathering in Lhasa in August attracted brief headlines, generated less by its’ dry subject –the future development of Tibet- than by the intriguing announcement of a “Lhasa Consensus.” This knowing nod to the … Continue reading

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CAN XI JINPING CREATE A NEW REALITY?

BUT FIRST, DO THE DIRTY DISHES The previous blog on Steve Jobs and Xi Jinping made the seemingly counter-intuitive case for likening Steve Jobs and Xi Jinping. It’s not just the sheer force of will both embody, but the capacity … Continue reading

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STEVE JOBS AND XI JINPING

WHAT DO THEY HAVE IN COMMON? MORE THAN YOU MIGHT EXPECT   What could Xi Jinping and Steve Jobs have in common? To liken them is surely a stretch? Maybe not. It’s not just the personal psychologies of two alpha … Continue reading

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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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