Thursday, May 10, 2007

why I'm ambivalent about China

A link at the Marmot's place led me to this article about the Chinese government's forced relocation of 250,000 Tibetans, which the article says is one tenth of the population of Tibet.

In a massive campaign that recalls the socialist engineering of an earlier era, the Chinese government has relocated some 250,000 Tibetans - nearly one-tenth of the population - from scattered rural hamlets to new "socialist villages," ordering them to build new housing largely at their own expense and without their consent.

The government calls the year-old project the "comfortable housing program," and its stated aim is to present a more modern face for this ancient region, which China has controlled since 1950.

It's not enough that China swooped in and took Tibet over as its own, eh? For shame.

This, by the way, is one reason why I can't take accusations of "American imperialism" seriously.


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