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16:47, March 27, 2008

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Lhasa has long retuned to normal after the government quelled according to law the unrest stirred up by a group of thugs, who smashed, stoned, looted and committed arson on March 14. The people of all ethnicities in the Tibet autonomous region have thus come to recognize from their personal experiences that the defense of social harmony and stability is a vital prerequisite for spurring the reform and development as well as a common aspiration and fundamental interests of all ethnic groups in the region.

Without a prerequisite of stability, nothing can be accomplished and an abundance of achievements could be lost. Xiangba, a Tibetan native and a neighborhood committee chairman in the Chengguan town of Qamdo (or Chambdu) county acknowledged that "of all things under heaven, harmony and stability is most crucial."

Without stability, there would be no a better-off Tibet, or a Tibet in peace and harmony to speak of. Longzhu, a retired medical worker from the Tibetan Regional People's Hospital in Lhasa, said, "I have been quite happy and contented in my life of retirement. In those days, however, law-breakers filled us with constant fear, and kids were afraid to return home after school. By sabotaging harmony and stability in Tibet, the Dalai clique simply does not want to let us live a carefree and comfortable life."

The attempt of a handful of rioters for undermining the regional harmony and stability goes against the desire of local people, officials and Buddhists in Tibet. Yuxi Norzhui, a local Lhasa resident, said that he felt indignant and tormented at the sight of burned-down, dilapidated houses, innocent people under an intense medical care in hospitals and wounded police constables for the sake of protecting people.

Living Buddha Tsongkang Norzui had this to say: "The riot has filled him with much anger and grief, and those Buddhist rioters involved in the violence breach not only the national laws and decrees but the tenets and codes of (Tibetan) Buddhism." There is absolutely no way out for those plotting for "Tibet Independence," he warned, and the unrest, involving beating, smashing, ransacking and arson, is totally unacceptable.

Harmony and stability poses a popular will, a common aspiration of the people, and a general trend not to be altered. The nation requires stability, the society requires stability and the people, too, require stability. This represents a unanimous consensus reached by the people of all ethnicities across China from their prolonged, great practice throughout the history of development, particularly since the launch of their reform and opening to the world three decades ago, and therefore, it constitutes an invaluable experience.

Of all things in the world, their construction is much harder and more strenuous than their destruction. The harmony and stability of the Chinese nation represents an outcome of longstanding, arduous efforts of the people of all ethnicities in China, including Tibetans, which does not easily come by.

The violence in Lhasa and some other ethnic Tibetan areas has once again proven that it is possible that the sabotage of harmony and stability in a region or a partial area would negatively affect the harmony and stability nationwide. Since the harmony and stability is hard earned, we should treasure them with a redoubled care.

Moreover, the unrest in Tibet, involving beating, smashing, ransacking and arson, has once again sharpened our vigilance and alerted ourselves. So we have been aware that it poses a long-term task to safeguard the social harmony and stability, which demands the conscious, unremitting efforts of the entire Chinese people.

By People's Daily Online

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