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Originally posted by Vanitas
(unless there are some extraordinary "resources" unknown to the rest of the world).
In January of 2007, the Chinese government issued a report outlining the discovery of a large mineral deposit under the Tibetan Plateau. The deposit has an estimated value of $128 billion and may double Chinese reserves of zinc, copper, and lead. China sees this as a way to alleviate the country's dependence on foreign mineral imports necessary for its growing economy.
It's a bit like asking what holds USA in Iraq... Oil.
Im trying to google but not getting anything substantial
Originally posted by gluetrap
Also if Tibet wins people will start to realize the strength they have and start to stand up against against the PTB in China. It takes a lot of force and intimidation for them to rule a country of that size in the way they do.
Sadly I think its probably a combination of resources saving face and greed.
Its a sad situation, but its probably a situation only because they figure they can take Tibet without anyone stepping up to do anything about it.
That's not the same - not at all.
Not only have the USA not annexed Iraq - and held it for 50 years, against the outrage of the public opinion worldwide (which means a great deal more than risking just your "good name"...) - but Tibet doesn't stand a comparison with Iraq, one of the richest "oil" countries in the entire world.
Since Moderators support this view of the OP, then this Thread will not be closed? And is open and wide to continue for discussion? Great, just great.
I don't see much difference in opening a thread showing articles of mainstream Western media eye-witnesses articles or the discussion of why Tibet is important to China.
Well to this point there has been much deliberation over wrong or right, but not much discussion about the underlying reasons behind it.
China and can stomp and storm all they want about ownership but the "why" is a pretty big question mark IMO.