- Tibet’s Water Pollution and China’s “Global Warming” (December 2009)
- Songtsen Gampo’s Hometown Is About To Be Completely Excavated (June 2010)
- Where will the next Drugchu be? (August 2010)
- “Avatar” in Tibet (September 2010)
In the blogpost, Woeser quotes an article by Tibetan writer Jamyang Norbu, to read his article “High Sanctuary” in full, click on this link.
“Mining Tycoon Says: Tibetans Hope to Get Rich from Mining”
Shortly after the opening of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway, a Chinese mining tycoon named Bian Hongdeng flew to the Tibet Autonomous Region to enclose land and buy up 21 mining sites and, with the permission from government authorities on different levels, he opened mining companies, some even reaching Lhasa. He recently emphatically announced on his blog: “Tibetans hope to get rich from mining.” At the beginning of his post, he states in an omniscient manner that “historically, Tibetans always drew their wealth from gold and silver mining and from helping the British source lead to make bullets” Let us simply neglect the middle part in which he calls those Tibetans who protest against mining “unruly citizens” or “whiners” who are not worth mentioning. In the conclusion he says: “Now, many Tibetans wishing to get rich, hope that the government would quickly introduce prospecting and mining policies, enabling them and their families to acquire wealth within their own region. If not, they would send the ‘Laba’ Lama to occupy the mountain slopes and chant scriptures and turn the current mountain used for mining into a sacred mountain, prohibiting any further mining activities.” “Laba” is not a typo; he deliberately satirized the word “Lama” and wrote it as “Laba” (meaning trumpet or loudspeaker).
I would very much like to tell this egomaniacal “mining tycoon” that Tibetan people’s attitude towards mining and wealth is not at all as he surmised. Let us turn to a Tibetan writer, Jamyang Norbu, who reviewed how various environmental and wildlife protection measures were put into practice through laws, moral values, annual celebrations or sarcastic behaviour by the old Tibetan government, religious and social institutions and citizens. He wrote in an article: “We Tibetans are rightfully proud of the fact that we were traditionally kind to animals and did not thoughtlessly exploit our wildlife and environment as the Chinese are now doing in their frighteningly mindless and rapacious way.” Like the tradition of “sealing the hills and the valleys”, “protection was not only extended to wildlife but often to the environment: the forests, grasslands, lakes and streams.”
“Shameless” is the right word to describe the tycoon’s remarks. It is actually him and people like him who plot and scheme to seize the abundant resources found in Tibet while sanctimoniously saying: “it is you Tibetans who want to do the mining but you lack the ability because you ‘only know how to dig up caterpillar fungus on the mountains’. So we are here to help you so that you will never have to experience ‘days of bitterness’ again”. He also asserted in a different article that the reason why Western countries support the Dalai Lama’s fight for independence is “only because of the abundant resources found in Tibet”. All of the above is nothing but an excuse which colonialists would use to excessively plunder resources of the indigenous.