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People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers gesture as they try not to be photographed while patrolling outside the Potala palace in Lhasa, Tibet, on June 20, 2008.
People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers gesture as they try not to be photographed while patrolling outside the Potala palace in Lhasa, Tibet, on June 20, 2008.
(NIR ELIAS/REUTERS)

OMER AZIZ

Tibet’s quiet militarization rings a loud bell across Asia

For the past two years, the Asia-Pacific region has been central to both the Obama administration and the Harper government’s Asia strategies. The multiplicity of states, increasing economic potential, and a general shift of power eastward have made the Asia-Pacific region vital to economic growth and military superiority in the 21st century. A consequence of the “Asia rising” narrative has quieted the human rights criticism of Asian states in general and China in particular.