Amidst all the Chen Guangcheng craziness business is still going on as usual in other parts of China- for example, Qinghai province, where RFA reports that there’s been another round of ethnically-driven land seizures:
Chinese authorities have forcibly grabbed land from three Tibetan nomadic villages in Qinghai province and will give it to tens of thousands of new Chinese migrants, according to a Tibetan resident of the area.
The new wave of migration will result in the growth of a Chinese town fueled by construction of two hydroelectricity projects, the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
“On April 25, Chinese government officials convened a meeting of five nomadic villages in Gepasumdo [in Chinese, Tongde] county in the Tsolho [Hainan] prefecture in Qinghai,” the Tibetan source said.
“At the meeting, the Tibetan residents of Setong, Dragmar, Seru, Machu, and Goekar villages were told they would have to give up 60 per cent of their land and get rid of 54 percent of their animals within this year,” he said.
The officials said animals would not be allowed to remain on the land taken over by the government, and villagers were advised to reduce the number of their animals by selling them to slaughterhouses.
“During the meeting, the Tibetans from the five different villages unanimously refused to accept the Chinese proposal to take over their land,” the Tibetan source said.
The government officials returned to the county center and later “forced the Tibetan residents of Setong, Dragmar, and Seru villages to surrender all their land,” the Tibetan said.
“The Tibetan land taken by the Chinese authorities … is meant [to cater to] over 30,000 Chinese migrants.”