China’s Minority



Fast food chain KFC will open its first ever outlet in Lhasa at

downtown mall Shenlishidai Square shopping centre from January


Lhasa Tourism Development projects an increase in tourist numbers

from 11.79 million in the last five years to a staggering 24 million

just domes/cally.

Lhasa to be only international tourist city


December 31, 2015

According to data released at the conference, from 2010 to 2015,

the total revenue from tourism reached 15.493 billion Yuan (2.389

billion U.S. dollars) which is expected to increase to more than 30

billion Yuan (4.626 billion U.S. dollars). In the next “Five-Year Plan”

period from 2016-2020, the city will invest 100 billion Yuan in

promo/ng tourism. High-end brands and commercial complexes are

set to occupy the city landscape.

The concerned authori/es have put forth proposals to join in the

World Tourism Ci/es Federa/on and the Asia-Pacific Tourism

Associa/on and also apply to be an UNESCO intangible cultural

heritage ancient city in the next five years.

Exile Tibetans argue that the development of infrastructure in Tibet

has come at a price, and oben the Tibetans are the ones who get

neglected by the fruits of such development. “All posi/ve bearings

from such an ini/a/ve are reserved for Chinese investors and

workforce; the infrastructure caters to a select credit card yielding

groups, revenues will vanish into Chinese investor’s pocket and the

opportuni/es and jobs created by such ini/a/ve go to ethnic

Chinese work force. Yet the dire outcome of these developments

such as increased cost of living, unemployment and other means of

marginalisa/on are dealt mostly by Tibetans,” said Tsering, a

Tibetan from Lhasa who arrived into exile in 2001.

In a similar developmental plan by China at the beginning of next

month, Lhasa’s neighbouring Tagtse (ch. Dazi), Lhundrub (ch.

Linzhou), and Meldro Gongkar (ch. Mozhugongka) Coun/es,

tradi/onal Tibetan dwellings will be replaced by Chinese styled

houses. The cost of which will be borne by Tibetan homeowners

who are without any say in the decision.

The 2013 project to modernise the Bharkor market area in Lhasa

city aXracted condemna/on from organisa/ons and people around

the globe. Tibetan writer Tsering Woeser called it a ‘frighyul

modernisa/on’. “Lhasa is being destroyed by excessive commercial

development. Lhasa doesn’t exist for only tourists, there are real

people who live here and it’s also a religious place. You can’t just

turn it into a Sanlitun village,” the Beijing based Tibetan writer told

the South China Morning Post in 2013.


in next five years: China

China’s central bank gives a helping

December 29, 2015

China’s central bank is seeking new methods to strengthen financial

support in the Tibet autonomous region, aiming to accelerate

regional economic development and lib local residents out of

poverty in the next five years.

New financial measures, including more aggressive bank lending

with rela/vely low interest rates in Tibet than other regions, are

under discussion, according to officials and financial industry


The People’s Bank of China, the country’s central bank, will

encourage commercial banks to issue more loans to enterprises in

Tibet, based on lower financial costs and required reserve ra/o,

according to Pan Gongsheng, deputy governor of the bank.

“Financial ins/tu/ons, including banks, securi/es companies and

insurance companies, will launch more branches in Tibet in the next

five years, and the policy will support development of private

banks, village banks and other micro-financial ins/tu/ons in the

area to expand their service coverage,” said Pan.

More funds raised by those financial ins/tu/ons will be injected

into infrastructure construc/on projects, environmental protec/on

and urban development.

The policy will focus on small and micro credit for local farmers and

herders, and be used to relieve poverty, the official said.

Due to its plateau climate and rela/vely undeveloped economy, the

financial sector in Tibet lags behind other regions in the country,

and especially lacks financial professionals.

According to data from the central bank, by the end of November,

11 banks had launched branches in Tibet. Total outstanding loans

reached about 205 billion yuan (S$44.5 billion), 6.8 /mes the

amount in 2010.

In the first 11 months, enterprises in Tibet has raised fund of 21.5

billion yuan from the equity market.

In 2014, the total GDP of the Tibet autonomous region was 92

billion yuan, the lowest among all 31 provinces, autonomous

regions and municipali/es, which equaled only about 7.3 per cent

of the GDP in Guangdong province-the country’s highest last year.

hand to Tibet

Xie Xuezhi, chairman of the Agricultural Development Bank, one of

China’s three major policy banks, said his bank will invest more than

100 billion yuan into Tibet in the next five years. It has issued 4.9

billion yuan in loans in the region this year.

Liu Shiyu, chairman of Agricultural Bank of China, said by the end of

2016 his bank plans to expand services to all villages in the region

that have basic telecommunica/on infrastructure.

Losang Jamcan, chairman of the autonomous region, said the

region is predicted to achieve annual GDP of more than 100 billion

yuan this year, up 12.2 per cent year-on-year.

organisa/ons – with the aim to realise certain poli/cal and

ideological purposes.

This has leb foreign governments including the US concerned about

the too-broad defini/on of terror that increases surveillance power

of Beijing.

According to Leibold, terrorism in China, as both a concept and a

rhetorical device, is about securing its rule over the troubled

regions of Xinjiang and Tibet. “The line between peaceful poli/cal

ac/vism and violent acts of terror is frequently blurred in China, as

the sentencing of Uyghur scholar Ilham Toh/ and the Tibetan monk

Tenzin Delek Rinpoche on charges of terrorism and separa/sm

suggests,” he wrote in his ar/cle in The Na3onal Interest on

December 7.