Thursday, October 4, 2007

China: 'Herding' 100,000 Tibetan nomads into Industrial Cities

This one blows my mind. China is ordering 100,000 Tibetan nomads to give up their lifestyle and move into the huge industrial towns sprouting up along the Yellow River. The nomads live in much the same way as they did a thousand years ago herding yaks, spinning sheep wool and weaving yak hair for tents. Yet, for the Chinese government the nomads are seen as a problem. Why?
"...because their way of life is threatening the environment", state press reported on Tuesday."

Over-grazing from the Tibetan herders' livestock and the growing number of people living on the grasslands of China's far northwest Qinghai province are endangering the source of the nation's great rivers, Xinhua news agency said.

By the end of this year, 60,000 Tibetans will have been moved into new towns in Qinghai, with the number to grow to 100,000 by 2010 channelnewsasia
Shut the hell up. Are you kidding? China all of a sudden cares about the environment?... and it's the traditional nomadic lifestyle that is at fault. Get real China. The nomads are doing nothing different now than they did centuries ago. The real reason for 'herding' the nomads into cities is because of rapid modernization. The "erosion and desertification" is due to the huge influx of people into the massive industrial cities. NOT because of the nomads.
Glaciers in the Qinghai-Tibetan plateau that feed the rivers are melting at an alarming rate due to global warming, while underground water supplies are falling partly due to the region's increasing population and industrialisation.
Same Players. Different Scandal.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The real reason is to destroy the culture and for social control In the run-up to the Olympics, every effort is being made to break Tibetan identity.