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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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TIBET’S FORGOTTEN INTERNATIONAL TRANSBOUNDARY RIVER

HOW TIBETANS AND BEIJING INTELLECTUALS TEAMED TO PROTECT A WILD RIVER   #5 in a series of 8 blogs on China’s latest plans for Tibetan rivers   The Gyalmo Ngulchu/Nu is the one wild mountain river of hinterland China where … Continue reading

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OVERPOWERING TIBET

ELECTRIFYING THE WORLD FACTORY FROM TIBET #6 in a series of 8 blogposts on China’s latest plans for Tibetan rivers While big reservoirs to capture and divert waters of Tibet to northern China are new, official plans to dam Tibetan … Continue reading

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INTO THE LAND OF THE PARADOXICAL PARALLELS

IS UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE PROTECTING THE GYALMO NGUL CHU/NU/SALWEEN FROM DAMMING? #7 in a series of 8 blogs on China’s latest plans for Tibetan rivers   After the Gyalmo Ngulchu/Nu/Salween escapes the massive  Songta dam and leaves Tibet Autonomous Region, … Continue reading

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NOT ONLY, BUT ALSO….

YET MORE WATER DIVERSION PLANS TO CAPTURE TIBETAN RIVERS #8 in a series of blogs on China’s latest plans for Tibetan rivers This series of blogs began with China’s announcement, in its list of top priorities for the 13th Five-Year … Continue reading

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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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