[Editor's note: Two great maps from this month's edition of National Geographic Magazine by Martin Gamache.]
Republished from National Geographic.
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[Editor’s note: Animated and narrated map provides good summary the China’s boundary disputes with it’s neighbors. Check out Natural Earth, free GIS world map data where you will find all the mentioned areas.]
Republished from the Economist.
Suspicions between China and its neighbours bedevil its boundaries to the east, south and west.
[Editor’s note: The map uses Natural Earth vector and raster imagery to parse the mixed administration and claims in the former princely state of Jammu and Kashmir.]
“Many young Kashmiris today just want a good life,” said Ansari, who has 300 employees. “I have more than 10,000 résumés on my desk. I wish I could hire them all.”
A new generation of Kashmiris is weary of five decades of tensions over the future of this Himalayan region, which has been a flash point for India and Pakistan, both nuclear powers that claim Kashmir as their own.
But Kashmiris have been caught in the diplomatic dilemma facing the Obama administration as it tries to persuade Pakistan to take on a stronger role fighting Islamist extremists and simultaneously seeks to improve relations with India, Pakistan’s arch foe.
Many Kashmiris celebrated when President Obama took office nearly a year ago, because he seemed to favor a more robust approach to bring stability to Kashmir, where human rights groups estimate that as many as 100,000 people have died in violence and dozens of Pakistan-backed militant groups have sprung up. At one point, the Obama administration contemplated appointing former president Bill Clinton as a special envoy to the region.
I went to Tibet the summer of 2001 to complete senior field research as part of my geography coursework at Humboldt State University and it was amazing, month-long journey (photo gallery).
Last week saw a wave of violence sweep the plateau with anti-Chinese demonstrations escalating into violence in the Tibetan capital as security forces clashed with the protesters. Sympathy protests occurred in India and Nepal. Chinese police action occurred throughout cultural Tibet including Repkong (article about Tongren from Christian Science Monitor) and Labrang (video feed from Xiahe from The Guardian) in Gansu and Qinghai provinces. The Wall Street Journal has a good interactive map of the events in Lhasa.
It looks like the security forces will now proceed with a Myanmar (Burma) style brutal crackdown, complicated by the fact that China’s new president was once governor of the Tibet Autonomous Region and was known to be less than friendly in his tactics then. The impact on this summer’s Olympics in Beijing (such as a boycott by some attending nations because of human rights concerns) remains to be seen. Read more in today’s edition of The Post…
Here’s my map of the situation in Saturday’s The Washington Post:
While researching the map for The Post, I found a neat Wired graphic of the luxery train to Lhasa from the July 2007 issue, below. Credit to Jason Lee. (Read Wired article).