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Aug 25th 2012 1:17PM By the way India attempted to do a repeat what it did to Sikkim to Bhutan in the early 1990s. Fortunately this occurred during the first Bush administration and this alarmed the worldly George Bush Sr. and he told India to back off Bhutan. Here is a link from the New York times during this period.
Aug 25th 2012 1:02PM By accepting the refugees, the US and the western nations are basically paying the price for the sin of India. The political backdrop of Bhutan purging the residents of Hindu Nepali origin is to avoid the fate of Sikkim, its fellow Himalayan kingdom that India invaded and annexed in 1975 using the guise of democracy (and the Western nations turning a blind eye on it). India has worked for years to use residents of Sikkim of Hindu Nepali origin to 'vote' Sikkim into India. Bhutan does not want to go down the way of Sikkim, hence we have the refugees today.
Here are links of what happened to Sikkim in 1975:
Jul 22nd 2007 10:39PM In Hong Kong you have to go to trade school to learn the skill before you can go into bamboo scaffolding business. This practice has been in used for a very long time so obviously it is proven. From what I know bamboo is, pound for pound, stronger than steel. I think this technique should be introduced to the west. It will be more environmentally friendly.
Jul 11th 2007 1:05AM Ember,
I have been following your blog ever since I discovered it some time ago. You are a very good writer and I enjoy reading it very much.
Since you are so fond of China there is a book I highly recommended. It is called "The Gay (i.e. Joyful) Genius - The life and times of Su Tung-Po", by Lin Yu-Tang. It was written in the 1930's when the author was in the United States. Su Tung-Po is a well-known and beloved poet in the Sung dynasty. I am sure you will like it.
Jun 19th 2007 2:29AM Looking at these pictures, one thing that struck me is how blue the sky is. I always read that the pollution in Beijing is pretty bad and that the sky is always grey.