Tibetans forced to relocate to make way for Chinese power plant — Radio Free Asia

Residents of a Tibetan village in northwest China’s Qinghai province are being forced from their homes to make way for a government-commissioned hydroelectric power station, and monks living in a nearby monastery have also ordered to leave, according to Tibetan sources.

Monks at Atsok Gon Dechen Choekhor Ling Monastery in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Tsolho (in Chinese, Hainan) have asked Chinese authorities to rescind the order, a Tibetan resident in the area told RFA this week.

“But the Chinese local supervisor and other authorities visited the Tibetans and warned them to move regardless of the cost,” the RFA source said, speaking on condition of anonymity for reasons of privacy. security.

“Monastery monks are also called for meetings and told to agree to move,” the source added.

The construction of the power plant has been authorized by the Chinese government, with the supervision of the works entrusted to a company called Machu after an investigation into the viability of the project concluded in December 2021, the RFA source said.

Dechen Choekhor Ling Monastery was founded in 1889 and is currently home to 157 monks, with monks under the age of 18 banned since 2021 by government order from living or studying there, sources said.

Frequent clashes

Chinese development projects in Tibetan areas have led to frequent clashes with Tibetans who accuse Chinese companies and local officials of improperly grabbing land and disrupting the lives of local people.

Many projects result in violent repression and detention of project organizers, with intense pressure on local people to comply with government wishes.

The Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy, an NGO based in Dharamsala, India, reported that China’s development efforts in Tibet have brought the region closer to economic and cultural integration with Beijing.

However, the projects have not benefited the Tibetans themselves, with rural Tibetans often being displaced from traditional pastures to urban areas where the best jobs are taken by Han Chinese.

Translated by Tenzin Dickyi for RFA Tibetan Service. Written in English by Richard Finney.