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 …

CENTRAL PLANNING TIBET

Blog six in a series on Tibet in 2021                         6/8 14TH FIVE YEAR PLAN plus GOALS FOR 2035 Seeing five years ahead, immediately after a global pandemic, might seem ambitious, but China’s leaders are more ambitious than that, announcing (at the CCP Fifth Plenum in October 2020) goals for 2035. Of necessity these goals are …

Picking quarrels, provoking troubles?

Blog eight in a series on Tibet in 2021                     8/8 PUTTING THESE TRENDS TOGETHER: Two divergent trends for 2021 are evident, if one looks at Tibet from Beijing, not only through the eyes of the CCP but of the established elite more broadly, including the security state, and liberal academics who are increasingly discovering much …

A DAM FOR ME, A DAM FOR YOU

MISINFORMATION OR DISINFORMATION? Within hours of a Global Times report that China is now committed to a massive hydro dam building project on the Yarlung Tsangpo/Brahmaputra, the story was picked up and amplified by media across Asia, from India to Hong Kong, The Hindu to South China Morning Post. Yet the Global Times 29 November …

WHEN WARRIORS DO DEVELOPMENT

A blog series on grassroots village development and conservation partnerships between Tibetans and the few outsiders who deeply immerse in seeing through Tibetan eyes: featuring two women, warrior Pamela Logan and Lü  Zhi of Peking University. DOING DEVELOPMENT 2020 STYLE When China builds a huge solar panel installation in Tibet, by far the biggest in …

BELIEVING IN YESTERDAY

A blog series on grassroots village development and conservation partnerships between Tibetans and the few outsiders who deeply immerse in seeing through Tibetan eyes: featuring two women, bushido warrior Pamela Logan and Lü  Zhi of Peking University. Blog two. TO CROSS THE RIVER, FEEL FOR THE NEXT STONE Pamela Logan’s  narratives meander, across landscapes, across …