People's Daily editorial: Making Tibet prosper

16:27, July 19, 2011      

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Tibetans from all walks of life gather together to take part in a grand celebration today, marking the 60th anniversary of the peace liberation of Tibet.

The peaceful liberation of Tibet in 1961 marked the unification of the Chinese mainland. Millions of Tibetan serfs stood up and became the master of their fate, creating a new era of the prosperity and development in the region. From that epoch-making turning point, Tibet has cast off the yoke of imperialism and started the historic course of democratic reform, autonomy, socialist construction as well as reform and opening up, moving from darkness to brightness, from backwardness to advance, from dictatorship to democracy, from poverty to affluence, from a closed society to an open society. Tibet nowadays is in the best period of development in terms of economic growth, social development, culture, livelihood, national unity and religious harmony.

The Qinghai-Tibetan plateau has witnessed unprecedented changes over the past 60 years, achieving a historical breakthrough in terms of its social system and eco-social development. During the 60 years, more than 95 percent of serfs and slaves were lifted out of the feudal serfdom and became the master of their fate.

Over the past 60 years, production output and the average personal incomes of farmers and herdsmen have increased dozens of times over. Expressways, airports and railways were built and people's living standards were greatly improved.

Over the past 60 years, the Tibetan culture has been carried on and developed, with religious freedom respected and protected. Also over the past 60 years, the natural environment was properly handled and protected, making Tibet the world's most ecological friendly region in the world. Only under the leadership of Communist Party of China, socialism, regional autonomy for ethnic minority, the development path featuring Chinese characteristics and respecting Tibet can Tibet achieve prosperous today and tomorrow.

The prosperous development of Tibet over the past 60 years is the result of ardent attention from the CPC Central Committee, unconditional assistance from all Chinese as well as the hard work of all ethnic minorities in Tibet. The development of Tibet shows the superiority of the socialist system, the vitality of regional ethnic autonomy and demonstrates the strength of national unity and progress.

It also shows that people of all ethnic minorities devote more sense of belonging and identity to the Chinese nation and the sense of pride to motherland. The great strength of national prosperity, people's happiness, social stability and the nation's lasting political stability can be achieved as long as everyone works together with one accord in time of difficulty, lives together peacefully and amiably and seeks harmonious development.

Tibet is full of vigor and vitality on the way of building an all-round well-off society. However, there will be new problems, difficulties and challenges that might arise. The united, democratic, wealthy, civilized and harmonious new Tibet will firmly stand on the top of the world as long as we earnestly implement the tenets of the Fifth National Conference of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China on work in Tibet, make economic development our central task, safeguard unity among ethnic groups, set our starting point on improving people's livelihood, stress the two important issues of development and stability, maintain social and political stability as well as ensure the steady improvement of people's material and cultural life.

It is the common wish of the Communist Party of china and all Chinese of all ethnic minorities to make the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau more beautiful, prosperous and peaceful. Let's rally closely around the CPC Central Committee with Hu Jintao at the core, hold up high the great banner of building socialism with Chinese characteristics, be guided by Deng Xiaoping Theory, deeply implement the scientific outlook on development, make concerted efforts, seek common development and wait for the bright future of socialist new Tibet.

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