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  1. Protesters arrested as Tibet railway readies to roll

    Posted Jul 01st 2006, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... Shi Jiangtao in Beijing Three protesters were arrested as the first passenger trains leading to Tibet readied for their long journeys tonight on the world's highest railway. Railway ... Qinghai-Tibet railway is expected to be held at Lhasa's new railway station tomorrow, it said. The 1,142km section from Golmud to Lhasa, which was completed last year, will take about 12 hours ...

  2. Which model of autonomy for Tibet?

    Posted Mar 03rd 2006, 12:00am by Yash Ghai

    ... but they differ on the type of autonomy. The constitution provides for two kinds. The first is autonomy for minority nationalities, set out in chapter III. Beijing says Tibet already enjoys chapter III ... the Communist Party. As all national laws are binding in autonomous areas, Tibet would have to operate within the law on religion, which severely restricts the exercise of religious freedom and would ...

  3. Are the Tibet talks just an exercise in propaganda?

    Posted Mar 16th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of the United Nations' Special Rapporteur on Torture, detailing the horrific abuse and murder- by the communist party- of prisoners of conscience still being practised in Tibet, suggests that the communists' intent of reaching a just resolution of their illegal occupation of Tibet owes far more to their interest in image than in substance. Am I cynical in believing that once the Beijing ...

  4. Tibet rail link 'a dream come true'

    Posted Jun 30th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... After a 20-year campaign, retired general lauds line's completion as a personal triumph, writes Shi Jingtao Few people outside Tibet would have taken the completion of the first railway linking the impoverished region with the rest of China as personally as retired general Yin Fatang. For Mr Yin, a former party secretary in Tibet in the 1980s who spent more than two ...

  5. Tibet rail plans daily runs to 3 cities

    Posted May 06th 2006, 12:00am by Elaine Wu

    ... Elaine Wu The Tibet railway slated to open in July will probably offer daily passenger runs out of Lhasa to Beijing, Chengdu and Xining. Qinghai-Tibet Railway Company deputy manager Ma ... tourists a day to the region once the service opens. Qinghai tourism authorities expect 800,000 more people to enter Tibet from Qinghai each year. The railway, the first to reach Tibet ...

  6. Activists angry at TV horse 'abuse'

    Posted Jun 28th 2006, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... in an ongoing television programme produced to mark the Qinghai-Tibet Railway. At least 25 activists representing five non-government organisations issued a joint open letter to the station saying the programme- Witness the Sky Railway [to Tibet] by the Ancient Tea Route- was cruel to the horses used in the documentary broadcast daily for three months. The programme traced a 4,200km route from ...

  7. Tibet loses 40pc of grasslands to global warming and exploitation

    Posted Nov 24th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Cynthia Li Tibet's grasslands shrank by almost 40 per cent between 1998 and last year, with researchers blaming the deterioration on global warming, overgrazing and unsustainable exploitation by humans. The analysis is based on remote-sensing satellite data compiled by the High Plateau Atmospheric Environment Research Centre in Tibet and a Tibetan remote-sensing research ...

  8. Tibet's old mysteries lure a new generation of pilgrims

    Posted Aug 07th 2006, 12:00am by Paul Moon, Paul Mooney

    ... A region once treated with suspicion today draws many mainlanders to explore its mysticism, writes Paul Mooney Tibet fever, which started spreading throughout the west more than a decade ... half a dozen books with Tibetan titles are piled on tables near the entrance, with names, such as Tibet and the Tibetan People and Riding the Rails to Tibet. In a DVD shop a few doors away, ...

  9. False optimism on Tibet?

    Posted Dec 13th 2006, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... seems unwarranted. One major obstacle is the Dalai Lama's request for a redrawing of the boundary of the Tibet Autonomous Region to include parts of the provinces of Sichuan, Qinghai, Gansu and Yunnan, where about half of China's 6 million Tibetans live. Beijing has made it clear that this is out of the question. An article published by the Tibet Information Centre in July, five ...

  10. Smokers may not be welcome aboard

    Posted Jun 30th 2006, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... on the Qinghai-Tibet rail link as saying smoking would be banned to avoid accidental fires. He said three trains could accommodate 900 passengers each, would depart tomorrow from Beijing, Xining and Chengdu, ...




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