Join our Mailing List

"Canada can, within a positive friendly atmosphere, ask the Chinese government to resolve the Tibetan situation."

New Book Release: 'China's Train, Tibet's Tragedy'

April 7, 2009

April 6, 2009

Dharamshala -- During 50 years in exile, Tibet
has witnessed many changes, almost the entire
plateau has been scavenged for its natural
resources to feed the China’s industrial furnaces
and have equally oppressed its opponents that
came in their way. The first national highway
connecting the mainland China and Tibet (which
was built in early 50’s subsequently) facilitated
the smooth transportation of its troops, arsenals
and resources in both directions. In the year
1961, the first railway line connecting China
'Lanzhou' and Tibet 'Siling' became operational.
Since then, the Chinese government has been
planning meticulously to enhance this railway network inside Tibet.

We assume their long run objectives are to siphon
off the plateau's vast natural resources, to
enable greater and swifter migration of Chinese
and to provide logistical support to the
military. At present, the railway line connecting
Gormo-Nagchu-Lhasa, despite all its environmental
and political impacts is considered as an
'Engineering Marvel'. It remains to be seen, in
the long run, whether this railway network on the
Tibetan Plateau will benefit 'or' as assumed will
further threaten/exploit, the already
marginalized Tibetan people and its natural
resources. We would be happy and thankful for all
the infrastructure developments on the Tibetan
Plateau if only our assumptions proof wrong in the test of time.

-- Issued by Environment and Development Desk, DIIR

(Click this link to download the whole report in pdf format
CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
T: (514) 487-0665
Developed by plank