China in a world of Resource Nationalism

STATE CAPITALISM & PRIMITIVE CAPITALISM IN TIBET #16 in a series on THE FUTURE OF TIBET Resource nationalism is a worldwide trend. Those endowed with plentiful resources of minerals and energy struggle to control and profit from managing their extraction for maximum national benefit. Increasingly the world’s nation-states resent handing over their resources to multinational […]

Chinese characteristics of the world’s factory

CHINA’S INSATIABLE APPETITE #14 in a series on THE FUTURE OF TIBET For Many Tibetans, all that is needful is to know that “China does this or that.” Sometimes this is stated even more sweepingly as: “the Chinese are doing such-and-such.” This blames all Chinese for the actions of the party-state elite, which is not […]

Does China need Tibet, when it has the world?

TURTLES, TIBETANS, TONNAGES: MAKING TIBET PERFORM IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY #13 in a series on THE FUTURE OF TIBET China is learning fast how to do deals globally, working its way up the value chain, able to not only buy mineral deposits and mines but do mergers and acquisitions with major competing players. The dealmakers […]


TRAFFICKING IN MINERAL RIGHTS TO TIBET  NEW SOURCES OF PROFIT #10 in a series on THE FUTURE OF TIBET No longer does the Chinese state claim all rights and benefits. Now there are counterparties, in complex rolling transactions enabling mining rights to be bought, sold and onsold, as in those market societies where freehold property […]


  HOW CHINA’S NEW RICH MAKE MONEY FROM ARBITRAGE #8 in a series on THE FUTURE OF TIBET China’s recent recentralisation of mining and metals manufacturing could be presented positively as a step towards efficiency, reduced energy intensity, burning fewer tonnes of coal per tonne of finished steel.  The argument for recentralisation is that the […]


 PROPERTY RIGHTS UNDER MARKET SOCIALISM WITH CHINESE CHARACTERISTICS #7 in a series on THE FUTURE OF TIBET The 1990s saw great changes, as China emerged as the world’s factory. Industrialisation accelerated, powerful enterprises grew, vested interests resisted central efforts at reform, the idea of property rights began to take hold, and central leaders tried to […]