Well Hello, Dalai
The World Bank said yesterday that it will launch a full investigation into a controversial Chinese project that would resettle some 58,000 poor farmers onto environmentally sensitive land in a historically Tibetan area where the Dalai Lama was born. The bank approved but then deferred a $40 million loan for the project in June. Germany and the U.S. voted against the loan, claiming that the environmental and cultural impacts weren’t fully considered. Opponents of the loan demonstrated outside World Bank headquarters in Washington, D.C., yesterday.