CIVILISING THOSE GREEN-BRAINED TIBETANS

Blog one of two on China’s latest plans for upscaling poverty alleviation in rural Tibet towards urbanisation, industrial agribusiness, commercialisation and accelerating the speed of life. Apparently, China is shunting Tibetans out of their pastures and into the global economy of factory workers, a planetary underclass of underpaid, insecure assembly line workers; so China tells …

CHINA’S PLANS FOR DISLOCATING MORE TIBETAN LIVES

Development with Chinese characteristics Blog two of two on China’s latest plans for upscaling poverty alleviation in rural Tibet into urbanisation, industrial agribusiness, commercialisation and accelerated lives There are plenty of Tibetans who do embrace development and modernity with Chinese characteristics as not only inevitable but necessary. There seems to be no alternative, especially now, …

TIBETAN FORCED LABOUR IN CHINA’S FACTORIES

Scary Thanks to Adrian Zenz diligently digging into Chinese websites, we discovered in September 2020, a massive Chinese program to retrain and reform Tibetans en masse to propel them into the urban factory workforce. Of all the sources Zenz delved into, the scariest was a story, with precise numbers, of the number of Tibetans in …

A NEW COMMUNIST COSMOLOGY

RECUPERATING TIBET China alone classifies ecology as a heroic human struggle. Does any other nation see the messy, contradictory, complex and unpredictable processes of ecological recovery as “construction of ecological civilisation”? The magnificent mission the CCP has set itself, of arduously constructing the highland ecological civilisation in Tibet, to use its official terminology, is laughable. …

CATASTROPHIC CLIMATE CHANGE

British Raj imperial follies of a century ago, justified as empirical science, still haunt the Himalayas and divide Tibetans from each other.. The conceit of Henry McMahon was that he could draw a line right along the Himalayan glacial peaks that would demarcate British India from Tibet, which was further labelled as suzerain to China. …

PROLETARIANISING TIBET IN 2021

TIBET 2021: WHAT CAN WE EXPECT? Blog one in a series on Tibet in 2021   1/7 Fifteen years ago one of the favourite slogans of central planners was to declare Tibet would under go “leap-style development.”[1] At the time, it wasn’t clear what this meant. The phrase had disturbing echoes of the Great Leap Forward …

COPPER & the CIVILISING MISSION

Blog two in a series on Tibet in 2021    2/8 DARKNESS TO LIGHT In official thinking, civilisation, development and modernity all go in a straight line that travels from rural to urban, from darkness to light, from poverty to wealth, from illiteracy to reading Chinese, from proletarian precarity to factory work in the rapidly industrialising …

CAPITALISING SNOW LEOPARDS

Blog five in a series on Tibet in 2021                       5/8 CLIMATE CHANGE & BIODIVERSITY 2021 is set to be a big year for climate and environment, with key global conferences held over from 2020. One such conference is to be held in China 17 to 30 May 2021 in Kunming, with side trips for delegates …