China's Ethnic Minorities and Globalisation by Colin Mackerras

By Colin Mackerras

China's fifty-five formally recognized ethnic minorities shape approximately eight% of the chinese language inhabitants, with over a hundred million humans, and occupy over 60% of China's territory. they're very assorted, and the measure of modernisation between them varies drastically. This booklet examines the present country of China's ethnic minorities at a time while ethnic affairs and globalisation are key forces affecting the modern global. It considers the fields of coverage, economic climate, society and diplomacy, together with the impression of globalisation and out of doors affects.

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The CCP was clear right from the start that Tibet was part of China. Troops of the People’s Historical background 23 Liberation Army (PLA), led by General Zhang Guohua, advanced towards Tibet in 1950, the first skirmishes taking place in May. After a fierce battle, they captured the eastern Tibetan city of Chamdo, then in Xikang Province, on 19 October 1950. The Chinese government demanded that the Tibetan local authorities negotiate, the bottom line being that they should recognise Tibet as an integral part of China.

One was a strategy for improving the situation. He outlined six main tasks, including: ● ● ● ● implementing autonomy in Tibet fully and letting the Tibetans be the real masters of their own lives; a commitment to relieving the people of taxation, by exempting them from agricultural and animal husbandry taxes over the following three to five years; the adoption of a special policy to revive the Tibetan economy; and an undertaking to increase the number of Tibetan cadres, sending many of the Chinese cadres back east, and to try to improve relations between the Tibetan and Han cadres.

The 2001 version (pp. 8–9, 41) imposes a time limit of 60 days on the higher state organ to give such approval. The reason for this addition is that experience showed some state organs simply did nothing, leaving the autonomous government in a bind on how to proceed. Chinese bureaucracy is – and has always been – expert at the technique of delaying and refusing to give answers. The implication of the addition is that delay of more than 60 days is equivalent to approval. Since 1990, the government appears to have strengthened its insistence both that China’s borders shall remain unchanged, and that autonomy for ethnic minorities should become more meaningful.

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