China spends big on Tibet to fight poverty

But critics say govt handouts will not sustain region in the long term

Villagers relocated to homes near a horticulture industrial park tend to fields of marigold, burdock and snow chrysanthemums at Chushur Pure Land Health Industry.
Villagers relocated to homes near a horticulture industrial park tend to fields of marigold, burdock and snow chrysanthemums at Chushur Pure Land Health Industry.
Ms Tseren Yudron in the living room of the family's new home which was provided for free by the government. The family and over 300 other poor households from five villages were moved to the Four Seasons Auspicious Village. Ciwang Nazha, a second-yea
Ciwang Nazha, a second-year student at the Lhasa No. 2 Secondary Vocational and Technical School in Lhasa City, paints a thangka. The 18-year-old's three-year course is fully subsidised by the local government.ST PHOTO: LIM YAN LIANG
Ms Tseren Yudron in the living room of the family's new home which was provided for free by the government. The family and over 300 other poor households from five villages were moved to the Four Seasons Auspicious Village. Ciwang Nazha, a second-yea
Ms Tseren Yudron in the living room of the family's new home which was provided for free by the government. The family and over 300 other poor households from five villages were moved to the Four Seasons Auspicious Village. ST PHOTO: LIM YAN LIANG

Just two years ago, meat was a luxury for Ms Tseren Yudron and her family, reserved for special occasions such as Losar, the Tibetan New Year.

At her village in a remote corner of Chushur county, south-west of the capital Lhasa, there were few employment opportunities and what work there was for her husband was itinerant. Ms Tseren, 33, stayed home to look after her two boys, one of whom suffers from a childhood brain disorder.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 16, 2018, with the headline 'China spends big on Tibet to fight poverty'. Subscribe