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The Problem with Tibet and China
Transcript of The Problem with Tibet and China
They still think they should be. Then everything changed when the Chinese attacked. In 1950, China sent its army to invade Tibet. This was fought back by several scattered uprisings which happened in 1956, which led to a full war in 1959.
It was also the year the 14th Dalai Lama fled Tibet to India, and established his and Tibet's government-in-exile. Under Chinese 'illegal' occupation, Tibetans have experienced discrimination and China has violated their human rights.
China has also devastated their environment and destroyed over 6,000 Buddhist temples and monasteries due the 1960's-70's during the Chinese Cultural Revolution . China claims that Tibet is an inseparable part of China, and it has been since the Yuan Dynasty, which was under the rule of the Mongols.
When the People's Republic of China was formed, China claimed Tibet as its own. China claims that since its rule over Tibet, it has progressed significantly in terms of education, economics and social status; there is religious freedoms and they have increased environmental preservation.
Of course, Tibetans argue otherwise. What's the ruckus? Over their 1500 year history, lots of things have been going down.
(Obviously, because they've had a 1500 year history) See here http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-mb30_l9oDdA/TvpqdZ4f9oI/AAAAAAAAAyA/0LyGitD8RQE/s1600/free-tibet-protest-london1.JPG http://www.namgyal.org/img/photos/portraits/hhdl_1_md.jpg China is not only illegally occupying Tibet, in the eyes of Tibetans, they are also unfit to rule. The Proposal (let's end this tension) Now here's a form of irony We've patched things up They're in denial China denies the claims that many Tibetans and Chinese critics have made on the issue of the violation of human rights for the rest of the world, which are concerned. China has been called multiple times by other countries to release its grip on Tibet. Now time for the SHEEPT Social China strongly believes that when it reclaimed Tibet, they fully liberated the Tibetans and uplifted their previous lifestyle.
There are many contradicting examples that state otherwise. http://www.savetibet.org/files/Tibet-map-immolations-mid-02282013.jpg Historical One of the more recent events that would have attracted much of the international world would have been the March 2008 protests that flamed across Tibet. http://mappery.com/maps/Tibet-Protests-Map.mediumthumb.jpg Environmental Tibet's environment, unique and fragile, was strongly protected due to the Buddhist religious laws, which stated that the wildlife needed to be preserved.
However, Tibet is also rich in natural resources and as as many as 132 different kinds of minerals.
Not only has this already been compromised by the Chinese, there is also the potential investment of this by larger, even more powerful countries of Tibet's minerals and resources. There were 25.2 million hectares of forest in 1959. 13.7 million hectares in 1985. This has contributed to soil erosion. This impacts Tibet’s mainly agricultural life, and the erosion causes ecological collapse and sedimentation.
The environmental preservation has increased. At the end of 2010, there were 47 established nature reserves, with a total area of 413,700km squared
The glaciers on the Tibetan Plateau are melting at 7 per cent, and two thirds will be gone by 2050 if it continues. Some statistics Economical http://tibet.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/crucialIssue2008.pdf
http://123himachal.com/dharamsala/links/tibet.htm Tibet's primary economy has been largely agriculture, which includes farming of fruits, vegetables, wheat and other foods. An industry that would bring in income would be handicraft which would be jewelery, hats and fabrics. Another major part would be tourism, a lot of which could be due to Mount Everest being on the border of Tibet and Nepal.
China's influence has changed some aspects of this, making the region more modernised. Political One of the biggest issues other than Tibet's legal status is that the Dalai Lama and their government is in exile.
Another issue is the land area of Tibet according to the Chinese and the land area according to the Tibetans.
As for the rest of the world, their economy could be at stake. Technology Although traditionally not known for its technology, Tibetans are now able to be connected with the rest of the world. Thanks to China, Tibet's agriculture has moved forward with advanced technologies, and also renewable technology development.
Tibet's protest for independence has been widespread across the internet and mass media. http://beijingolympicsblog.files.wordpress.com/2008/03/tibet-protest1.jpg
Spatial change over time & Spatial assosiation One of the major factors that has changed over time is Tibet's environment. Another common one is the demographics.
Tibet's unique environment and danger of devastation is assosiated with other environments that need to be protected. Tibet's GDP (gross domestic product - the market value of all goods and services of a country) reached 10 thousand Yuan in 2006.
Tibets receive 2 million tourists a year