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Tibet path of development on right track, analysts find

By Xinhua (China Daily) Updated: 2015-04-16 07:49

Tibet path of development on right track, analysts find

A welcoming banner posted on March 26 celebrates "the commemorative day for the liberation of millions of serfs". This year was the 56th anniversary.

Development route

The report notes that the region first began to embrace modern civilization only after the People's Republic of China was founded in 1949.

Having gone through such important phases as peaceful liberation, democratic reform, establishment of the Tibet autonomous region and introduction of reform and opening up, Tibet has not only established a new social system, but also witnessed a leap forward in its economy and embarked on the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics.

The majority of Tibetans have shaken off the poverty that had dogged them for centuries, to enjoy a relatively comfortable life.

In 2013, the gross regional product of Tibet reached 80.8 billion yuan ($13.2 billion) while the per capita net income of rural Tibetans was 6,578 yuan and the per capita disposable income of urban ones was 20,023 yuan.

Tibet's population rose to 3.12 million in 2013, triple the figure in the early 1950s.

Violent incidents

The report presents a rich collection of evidence to prove that the Dalai Lama and his supporters have never abandoned the use of violence to promote their ultimate goal of "Tibetan independence".

According to the report, during the armed rebellion in Tibet in the late 1950s, the US Central Intelligence Agency not only sent agents to help the 14th Dalai Lama flee Tibet, but also trained militants to support his forces and airdropped a large quantity of weapons.

Tibet path of development on right track, analysts find

Since the 1980s, the Dalai Lama and his supporters have been behind a series of violent incidents in Tibet, including an incident on March 5, 1988, that led to 299 police and civilian casualties and the one on March 14, 2008, in which a total of 18 people were burned or hacked to death.

Since 2011, they have incited Tibetan lamas and lay followers inside China to engage in acts of self-immolation.

"For the Dalai party, 'peace' and 'non-violence' are no more than fig leaves," the report says.

Central government's efforts

Since the Dalai Lama fled abroad in 1959, the central government has exercised great restraint and done its best, the report says.

"However, he (the Dalai Lama) has repeatedly made choices that run counter to the wishes of the central government and the people of Tibet," it says.

The central government received 13 visits by private representatives of the 14th Dalai Lama between 1979 and 2002, and 10 visits from 2002 to January 2010, according to the report.

In 2011, the Dalai Lama announced his "political retirement", and his private representatives who had kept contact with the central government also "resigned".

Since then, the Dalai group has declared that it would only talk with the central government in the name of the "government-in-exile", thereby destroying any basis for contacts and negotiations, which have been halted, the report says.

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