Past eventInvitation OnlyResearch Event

China’s 13th Five-Year Plan: Implications for Tibet

4 July 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Chatham House, London


Gabriel Lafitte, Author, Spoiling Tibet: China and Resource Nationalism on the Roof of the World




The speaker will discuss China’s latest five-year plan and the implications for Tibet, with particular reference to plans to industrialize Tibet’s landscapes and concentrate its populations on urban fringes. He will argue that the five-year plan will deepen Tibet’s dependence on Beijing rather than facilitating the region’s economic take-off. Seemingly benign programmes to capture grassland carbon could exclude skillful pastoralists from their own pastures, thus further disempowering Tibetan people.

Gabriel Lafitte  is an Australian academic and development policy consultant to the environment & development desk (EDD) of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile. He is the author of Spoiling Tibet: China and Resource Nationalism on the Roof of the World (2013). He is also an experienced public policy adviser with expertise in development, biodiversity and resource management policy. 

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.