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Dislocation and Unrest in China’s West

Following the release last week of a Human Rights Watch report on relocation and resettlement in Tibet, High Peaks Pure Earth translates Tibetan writer Woeser’s description of a return visit to one uprooted community: I...

HRW: End Involuntary Resettlement of Tibetans

Tantalizing signs have recently emerged of possible change in China’s Tibet policy: arguments by a Central Party School scholar, a visit to Tibet this week by U.S. ambassador Gary Locke, and reports that strictly religious...

Little Hu and the Mining of the Grasslands

As the 2012 leadership transition looms, The Economist profiles a man tipped to come out ahead in 2022: Hu Chunhua, whose current position as Party secretary of Inner Mongolia parallels Hu (no relation) Jintao’s equivalent...

China to Speed Up Clearing Nomads from Grasslands

Reuters reports: China’s Inner Mongolia region plans to speed up resettlement of nomads from their traditional grasslands to fixed homes in towns, as part of a conservation programme, a top official said on Thursday. The...

Vanishing Grasslands

From Asia Society’s Green China project: Vanishing Grasslands is a mixed media project documenting desertification in northern China. Over 400 million people in China are being affected by desertification today. Over...

Your Cheap Sweater’s Real Cost (Part one of China’s Great Grab) – Evan Osnos

From Chicago Tribune: That inexpensive sweater exacts a hidden toll: dust-borne pollution that reaches America. Part one of a Tribune special report. Shatar the herdsman squinted into the twilight on the ruined grasslands where Genghis Khan once galloped. He frowned and called his goats. The wind tasted like dust. On the other side of the […]

A new Future for China’s Grasslands – Gaoming Jiang

From Chinadialogue: China’s many varieties of grassland cover an area of 1 billion acres. They account for 41% of the country’s total area, and are 3.3 times the size of its cropland. Yet these vast grasslands cannot feed the animals they are home to, which together account for one-third of China’s livestock. Many years of […]

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