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Why are these Tibetans successful without the CTA?

Sporting braided locks and a clean-shaven face, boyish Tibetan Zhaxipingcuo has just made it into the final of Sing! China, a ratings runaway success in China with billions of online views. On the other side of the world, lanky 16-year-old, six-foot, 185-pound catcher Justin Qiangbarenzeng (Jampa Ringzin) becomes the first Tibetan to sign with a Major League team in the USA, July this year. He is a product of China’s Major League Baseball development centre. What do these two have in common? The short answer – opportunity and choice. The United Nations Development Programme (“UNDP”) defines human development beautifully – it is about expanding the richness of human life, rather than simply the richness of the economy in which human beings live. It is an approach focused on people and their opportunities and choices. It was not long ago that Tibetans like Zhaxipingcuo and Justin Qiangbarenzeng would neither have the opportunity nor choice to fulfil their dreams as they have today. Tibet was a desolated, isolated and poor but an “independent” state where life expectancy was 36 years and the literacy rate was 5%. The vast majority of the population, around 95%, were born into hereditary indentured labour with little to no hope of […]



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