Development, stability stressed in party congress of Tibet
Updated: 2006-10-23 20:05
Economic development and social stability are the top priorities for Tibet in
the next five years, according to a congress of the Tibet Regional Autonomous
Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC).
"Tibet has maintained an annual economic growth rate of more than 12 percent
over the past five years and its per capita gross domestic product (GDP) has
surpassed 1,000 U.S. dollars," said Zhang Qingli, secretary of the CPC Tibetan
committee, at the five-day conference which ended on Sunday.
The most important experience of the last five years has been the region's
development and stability, said Zhang.
The meeting set goals over the next five years of maintaining annual economic
growth at more than 12 percent and making significant progress in the
development of new infrastructure for the region.
By 2010, the per capita GDP of Tibet and net income of farmers and herdsmen
will equal middle income levels in China, according to the regional congress.
Maintaining social stability and keeping separatist activities in check will
also be top priorities, said Qiangba Puncog, chairman of the regional
Qiangba Puncog said the region will crackdown on subversive activities by the
followers of the Dalai Lama, who fled China in 1959.
Meanwhile, education on patriotism will be promoted among the region's
temples to ensure that religious leaders love their country, he said.
About 600 deputies representing 143,000 CPC members in Tibet attended the
congress, the region's seventh. The congress was held in Lhasa, the regional
capital, between last Wednesday and Sunday.