China's Xi vows to speed up Tibet's development while fighting separatism

11:39, July 19, 2011      

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Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (3rd R Front) attends the celebration conference marking the 60th anniversary of the peaceful liberation of Tibet, in Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, July 19, 2011. A delegation of the central government led by Vice President Xi Jinping attended the celebration conference. (Xinhua/Ding Lin)

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping on Tuesday vowed to improve people's well-being, maintain social stability in Tibet and fight against separatist activities led by the Dalai group at a rally marking the 60th anniversary of the peaceful liberation of Tibet.

"To speed up development holds the key to resolving all issues in Tibet", he said when addressing the rally in front of the the landmark Potala Palace in Lhasa.

"The economic and social development of Tibet should always aim at safeguarding and improving people's well-being," he said, adding that the government objective is to ensure that people of all ethnic groups in the autonomous region have access to education, employment, medical and old-age care and housing.

"Social stability provides the very basis for leapfrog development and a prosperous life for people of all ethnic groups in Tibet," he said.

"We should stick to the idea that 'Han and ethnic minorities cannot live without each other, and different ethnic minorities are inter-dependent on each other'," he said.

The vice president said "we should fight against separatist activities by the Dalai group by relying on cadres and people of all ethnic groups, seeking long-term policies and taking measures that address the root cause, so as to completely destroy any attempt to undermine stability in Tibet and national unity of the motherland."

Xi said that Tibet serves as an important national security screen for the country. It also constitutes an important ecological security screen, a major base of strategic resources reserve and a major production area of special highland agro-produce. It is home for the preservation of a unique culture of the Chinese nation and a major international tourism destination.

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Source: Xinhua
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