Last month, In Afghanistan, a Chinese mining company threatened to destroy the remains of an ancient Buddhist city, which archaeologists are now racing to excavate.
In 2007, the Chinese state-owned China Metallurgical Group Corporation (M.C.C.) won the rights to mine copper at a site called Mes Aynak in Afghanistan. Mes Aynak is not only home to one of the world’s largest untapped copper deposits but the remains of an ancient Buddhist cityas well.
In all likelihood, the destruction of the Buddhist sites will begin later this year.
Just a couple of days ago, they began demolishing the ancient capital of Lhasa, including one of the most important Buddhist sites of the city, Tibet's holiest Jokhang Temple!
Jokhang Temple is Tibet's first Buddhist. It is the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Tibetan pilgrims. What they want to do here is build a tourist city!
Several large-scale construction projects are underway for a number of shopping malls around the Buddhist holy temple as well as underground parking at Barkhor Street.
China seems to have no qualms in destroying nature and plundering cultural heritage when it comes to its industrialization as well as mining. It is almost ruthless in this regard.
The fact that a historical and cultural site like the city of Lhasa being destroyed by excessive commercial development is a great shame! But worst is the silence that the world is maintaining over it.
These sites are no less important than the Buddhas at Bamiyan that were destroyed by the extremist in 2001 and created a furor the world over!