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Han Chinese migrants causing unrest in Tibet

July 27, 2010

July 25, 2010

New York, July 25 (ANI) -- Tibet is in a state of
unrest after Han Chinese migrants including
workers, investors, merchants, teachers and
soldiers poured into a remote part of the country.

According to The New York Post, Chinese leaders
see development, along with an enhanced security
presence, as the key to pacifying the Buddhist dominant region.

Beijing invested three billion dollars in the
Tibet Autonomous Region in 2009, a 31 percent
increase over 2008. Tibet’s gross domestic
product is growing at a 12 percent annual rate, faster than China’s average.

Although the influx of money and people has
ushered new prosperity, it has also deepened resentment among many Tibetans.

Migrant Han entrepreneurs elbow out Tibetan
rivals, then return home for the winter after
reaping profits. Large Han-owned companies
dominate main industries, from mining to construction to tourism.

"Why did I come here? To make money, of course!"
the paper quoted Xiong Zhahua, a migrant from
Sichuan Province who spends five months the year
running a restaurant on the shores of chilly Nam
Tso, a lake north of Lhasa, as saying.

Some Chinese officials acknowledge the
disenfranchisement of Tibetans, though they
defend the right of the Han to migrate to the region.

"The flow of human resources follows the rule of
market economics and is also indispensable for
the development of Tibet but the current system
may have caused an imbalanced distribution. We
are taking measures to solve this problem," Hao
Peng, vice chairman and deputy party secretary of the region, said.

"Tibetans just get low-end jobs," he added.

Chinese officials have said Tibetans make up more
than 95 percent of the region’s 2.9 million
people, but refuse to give estimates on Han
migrants, who are not registered residents.

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