Beijing's Drive West and the Campaign to Remake Tibet
Author: Abrahm Lustgarten
A vivid account of China's unstoppable quest to build a railway into Tibet, and its obsession to transform its land and its people In the summer of 2006, the Chinese government fulfilled a fifty-year plan to build a railway into Tibet. Since Mao Zedong first envisioned it, the line had grown into an imperative, a critical component of China's breakneck expansion and the final maneuver in strengthening China's grip over this remote and often mystical frontier, which promised rich resources and geographic supremacy over South Asia. Through the lives of the Chinese and Tibetans swept up in the project, Fortune magazine writer Abrahm Lustgarten explores the "Wild West" atmosphere of the Chinese economy today. He follows innovative Chinese engineer Zhang Luxin as he makes the train's route over the treacherous mountains and permafrost possible (for now), and the tenacious Tibetan shopkeeper Rinzen, who struggles to hold on to his business in a boomtown that increasingly favors the Han Chinese. As the railway—the highest and steepest in the world—extends to Lhasa, and China's "Go West" campaign delivers waves of rural poor eager to make their fortunes, their lives and communities fundamentally change, sometimes for good, sometimes not. Lustgarten's book is a timely, provocative, and absorbing first-hand account of the Chinese boom and the promise and costs of rapid development on the country's people.
United States. Congress. House. Committee on Appropriations. Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
This book presents cutting-edge theories, techniques, and methodologies in the multidisciplinary field of high-speed railways, sharing the revealing insights of elite scholars from China, the UK and Japan. It demonstrates the achievements that have been made regarding high-speed rail technologies in China from all aspects, while also providing a macro-level comparative study of related technologies in different countries. The book offers a valuable resource for researchers, engineers, industrial practitioners, graduate students, and professionals in the fields of Vehicles, Traction Power Supplies, Materials, and Infrastructure.
"Full-color guide-Make your trip to Beijing unforgettable with illustrated features, 23 maps, and 146 color photos. Customize your trip with simple planning tools-Top experiences and attractions-A convenient overview of each neighborhood and its highlights-Easy-to-read color regional maps. Explore Beijing and beyond-Discerning Fodor's Choice picks for hotels, restaurants, sights, and more-"Word of Mouth" tips from fellow Fodor's travelers-Illustrated features on the Great Wall and the Forbidden City-Best ideas for making the most of your time and exploring historical sights. Opinions from destination experts-Fodor's writers reveal their favorite local haunts-Frequently updated to provide the latest information"--Back cover.
Energy and Twenty-First-Century Eurasian Geopolitics
Author: Kent E. Calder
Publisher: Yale University Press
In this groundbreaking book Kent E. Calder argues that a new transnational configuration is emerging in Asia, driven by economic growth, rising energy demand, and the erosion of longstanding geopolitical divisions. What Calder calls the New Silk Road—with a strengthening multi-faceted relationship between East Asia and the Middle East at its core—could eventually emerge as one of the world’s most important multilateral configurations. Straddling the border between comparative politics and international relations theory, this important book will stimulate debate and discussion in both fields.
"Published in conjunction with The Great Wall of China: dragon, dynasties, and warriors exhibition, Powerhouse Museum 28 Sept. 2006 - 25 Feb. 2007, Melbourne Museum 23 Mar. - 22 July 2007"--T.p. verso.
This book reflects on experiences in other countries and makes recommendations for improving the capability and capacity of institutions and organizations, in order to achieve sustainable development of the Chinese high-speed railway (HSR) system.