A plateau region north-east of the Himalayas, Tibet was incorporated by China in 1950 and currently an autonomous region within China. The conflict between many Tibetans and Chinese government has been nonstop as many demand religious freedom and more human rights. In March, 2008, a series of protests turned into riots in different regions across Tibet. Rioters attacked Han ethnic inhabitants and burned their businesses, resulting dozens of death.
Tibetans not benefiting
I refer to the report from Reuters which appeared in the South China Morning Post on July 5, on the stock market activities that are booming in the Tibetan capital Lhasa.
However, to conclude, as the Reuters report does, that the local Tibetan population maintains this stock market, or that the exchange is, in any way, directly benefiting the local economy, was a little hasty.
It is widely known that the Chinese population largely outnumbers Tibetans in Lhasa and surely they grossly outnumber the Tibetans in playing on the stock market too.
The photo next to the article underlined this, as it showed a number of Han Chinese in front of the entrance to the Lhasa Stock Trading Floor.
As for calling the interviewed Tibetan lucky because now he can moonlight all night as a taxi driver in addition to his job as a lawyer . . . . excuse me! Would the Reuters journalist call himself or herself lucky to have to moonlight as a taxi driver to make enough money to buy a television? NAME AND ADDRESS SUPPLIED