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CHAPTER 5

TIBET: Enduring Spirit, Exploited Land


Endangered Land

(Excerpts)

When China invaded Tibet in 1949, the Chinese stated that their goal was to liberate Tibet from its feudal rule. They claimed that Tibet had always been part of China. But Tibetans did not invite or want the Chinese to take over their land, nor did they have the opportunity to express their opinions in a plebiscite on the occupation. The Chinese first moved into the province of Kham, in the east.The inhabitants of Kham began an active resistance with thousands of Khampa men and women joining the guerrilla movement. Gradually the occupation forced its way into central Tibet where the country's capital and main population centers were located.

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Under economic development methods introduced by the Chinese, a vast array of wildlife species has been depleted or endangered by, among other methods, organized hunts using machine guns to mow the animals down. Dhondub Choedon, a Tibetan who worked on a commune before escaping from Tibet in 1973, observed that even though their own "rules forbid killing...Chinese solders go on organized hunts, using automatic machine-guns. In some areas, there are special brigades who kill wild animals indiscriminately. They carry away the meat in lorries, and export valuables like musk and fur to China.3 Tashi Gyaltsen added, "When we had our independence, there wasn't anyone who harmed or killed animals."


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