Thursday , December 1. 2016

Commentaries & Opinions

EDITORIAL: Preventing a water war in Asia


WASHINGTON TIMES:  China’s extensive dam-building would give it control of Southeast Asia’s rivers Just when Asia was getting accustomed to the Chinese threat to the oceans of Southeast Asia, there’s another water worry for Asians. The government in Beijing controls the health of six major South and Southeastern Asian rivers, …

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Here’s why the Chinese may never be able to fully populate Tibet

Tibet's landscape

Source Depending on who you ask, anywhere from a few hundred thousand to upwards of seven million Han (ethnically Chinese) have immigrated into Tibet Autonomous Region since it was invaded by China in 1950—but according to an international team of researchers, these Han are having a hard time reproducing in …

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Tibet Can’t Kick Its Subsidy Habit

Paramilitary policemen salute the Chinese flag during its raising ceremony to celebrate Tibet's second Serfs Emancipation Day in front of the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet March 28, 2010. Reuters photo

Bloomberg News.  Dexter Roberts. As China’s economy settles into slower growth, President Xi Jinping has been touting the benefits of what he calls the “new normal,” including a more equitable distribution of income and less pollution. But one region isn’t ready to give up on double-digit growth. “We must grow …

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Tibet, Taiwan and China – A Complex Nexus

A pro-Tibet rally in Taipei

Image Credit: REUTERS/Pichi Chuang

Recent developments in cross-strait relations raise interesting questions for Tibet’s leadership in exile. November 24, 2015: The historic meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou is relevant to the Tibet issue in many ways. In 1979, when the post-Mao Chinese leadership decided to “solve old problems,” …

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India, Tibet and China Assertion of China’s Spiritual Sovereignty

Armed Chinese PLA soldiers walk past ethnic Tibetan graffiti in Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan province on January 27. Chinese police shot dead another Tibetan protester in the restive Sichuan province, rights groups said Friday, bringing to at least three the number killed in deadly clashes this week. / AFP Photo

Article Source: (Source) Author: Thupten Samphel. October 26, 2016: The importance of the Tibetan plateau to Asia is threefold: geopolitical, cultural and environmental. What China does or does not do in Tibet has geopolitical, cultural and environmental consequences for the rest of Asia. Geopolitically, Tibet served as an effective buffer …

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The Tibetan Argument for Autonomy

Chinese paramilitary police march during a flag raising ceremony near Potala Palace in Lhasa, capital of Tibet/AP Photo.

Tenzin Norgay, The Diplomat, September 30, 2015 Fifty years after the creation of the Tibet Autonomous Region, it is time for Tibet to have true autonomy. Earlier this month, Beijing marked the fiftieth anniversary of establishment of the Tibet Autonomous Region with a mass spectacle in Lhasa designed to showcase its powerful …

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Less snow in Tibet means more heatwaves in Europe

Tibet's landscape

Worsening heatwaves in Europe and north-east Asia are linked to thinner snowcover on the Tibetan Plateau, highlighting its key role in global weather systems, a study by Chinese scientists finds. Author: Beth Walker, Source: Recent summer heatwaves in Europe and northeast Asia have caused massive water shortages and a large number …

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Why Tibet Could Be the Best Opportunity for Xi Jinping


Co-authored by Bhuchung Tsering, Vice President, International Campaign for Tibet On September 24 later this month, China’s President Xi Jinping will arrive in Washington to meet President Obama for an important state visit. The context is a growing alarm about China’s less than peaceful rise, and provides a rare opportunity …

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5 Things to Know About China’s Xi Jinping


Source: Xi Jinping took the reins of China’s Communist Party nearly three years ago and consolidated power across the military and officialdom much more rapidly than expected. Mr. Xi has shaken up the ruling elite with an aggressive anti-corruption campaign. He’s also asserted China’s global influence more forcefully, from …

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