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Development key to address Tibet issues

Updated: 2013-08-06 20:45
( Xinhua)

LHASA - Top political advisor Yu Zhengsheng said development remains "fundamental and key" to addressing all issues related to Tibet.

Yu, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, made the comments during a six-day tour of Tibet autonomous region that started on Aug 1.

During the tour, Yu promoted efforts to rule Tibet by law and seek a regional development path with Chinese and local characteristics.

He called for efforts to "achieve leapfrog economic and social development in Tibet and long-term stability" in the region.

During his talks with Buddhist monks and religious officials, he said the Dalai Lama's so-called "high-degree autonomy" in "Greater Tibet" has "run counter to China's Constitution, the law, and the fundamental interests of Tibetan Buddhism".

Yu urged the Tibetan Buddhist circle to "have a clear understanding of the secessionist nature of the Dalai Lama clique and resolutely safeguard national unification, ethnic unity and Tibet's harmony and stability".

The official said it was important to "comprehensively implement the ethnic and religious policies of the Communist Party of China and actively guide religions so they adapt to a socialist society".

Yu urged authorities to scientifically develop ideas for the development of Tibet, strengthen infrastructure construction and cultivate industries.

He also called for efforts to advance ecological and environmental protection, boost economic and social development and improve local people's well-being.

Sectors related to people's well-being will always be the primary targets in assistance programs, Yu said.