Tibet poised to embrace even brighter future, 60 years after peaceful liberation

08:43, July 18, 2011      

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Tasang, a 46-year-old villager in the Doilungdeqen County of Lhasa, capital of Tibet Autonomous Region, is happy about his current life, one that his parents have never imagined.

Tasang remains excited when he recalls 10 year ago when China's then Vice President Hu Jintao visited his home while attending celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of Tibet's peaceful liberation.

Hu sent Tasang's family pictures of Chinese leaders Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping and Jiang Zemin and a color television set as gifts.

"Tibet's development will go faster, and your life will become better, too," Hu said while extending good wishes to Tasang's family, Tasang recalls.

Ten years on, Tasang's mud-brick house has been replaced by a two-story new house made of stone, plus a clean and tidy courtyard. His son and daughter have already graduated from universities.

Noting that this year marks the 60th anniversary of Tibet's peaceful liberation, Tasang says his family are leading a happy life that his parents have never imagined.

On May 23, 1951, the Central People's Government of China and the local government of Tibet signed the Agreement on Measures for the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet in Beijing , which symbolized the peaceful liberation of Tibet.

The peaceful liberation of Tibet became an epoch-making tipping point in Tibet's history, marking its transition from autocracy to democracy, from poverty to affluence, and from seclusion to openness.

According to figures provided by financial department of the Tibet's regional government, the central government offered a financial subsidy of 10.47 million yuan to Tibet in 1952, which increased to 53.1 billion yuan (11.9 billion U.S. dollars) last year.
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Source: Xinhua
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