by architek, Thu Mar 20, 2008 at 07:23:44 PM EDT
Is there a parallel between Tibet and Iraq? Is Tibet's uranium part of the reason China is there? Maybe... perhaps even probably..
I have, like many of us, I'm sure, been looking at the many videos on YouTube of the demonstrations in Tibet and elsewhere in western China. Its depressing how oblivious China is to the needs of the people there for equality and an economic future. I think much of the anger is from Tibetans because they feel extremely marginalized. They are being marginalized in their own country.
One thing that I had not realized until now, is that evidently, Tibet contains the largest deposits of uranium in the world, some of which are, ironically, right around Lhasa, the pre-Chinese Tibetan capital.
Obviously, uranium equals energy.. just as oil does..
A desire to control that uranium would explain a lot.
As I said, its supposed to hold the largest deposits in the world. At least, this is what I have read on a number of web sites. And it makes sense, given Tibet's incredible geology. (Its the most mountainous place in the world, and the earth's crust is folded exposing large quantities of many metals that are not found near the surface elsewhere.
I have read (on a Tibetan web site) that China used the Tibetan uranium to pay back a huge loan that the ex-Soviet Union had given them.
If so, I think China should acknowledge this.
Obviously, China should be plowing that money back into Tibet in such a way that recognizes the Tibetans right to a share of that money. Instead, Tibetans have clearly been marginalized.
Similar things happened in the US with uranium on Indian reservations and the US government now owes a number of Indian tribes millions of dollars. But they had contracts. Treaties, and reservations. Even pennies on the dollar added up to a lot.
Anyway, its clear to me that Tibet represents a tremendous amount of energy wealth. The energy reserves may be comparable to or exceed the energy represented by the Middle East's oil.. This wealth is sort of the dirty secret underneath the Tibet situation.