White paper on Tibet draws worldwide attention

07-15-2011 15:38 BJT Special Report:This is Tibet

The newly-released white paper on the development of Tibet since 1951 has caught the eyes of worldwide experts, scholars and media. It also evoked a very positive response among ordinary Tibetans, China Tibet Online reported in Beijing.

Tibetologist: Our motherland is the strong backup of all Tibetan people

Luorong Zhandui, researcher of the Institute of Social Economy of China Tibetology Research Center, said:“Our motherland is the powerful backbone of Tibet and all its people.“

According to Luorong Wangdui, the peaceful liberation was an important turning point in the history of social development in Tibet for the fact that it has further consolidated China’s absolute sovereignty over the region. As a result, Tibetans are able to enjoy the great fruits and achievements of the motherland and catch with the tendencies of development in the rest of the country.

Besides, with the implementation of the democratic reform, the most profound social reform in the history of Tibet, the brutal feudal serfdom was abolished, emancipating millions of serfs and the social productive forces.

„Separated by high mountain range and poor traffic condition, Tibet was isolated both in its economic and political systems.“ He said:“However, the region has seen a steady and big progress since 1951.“

Top officials: No one could ever distort historical facts

At the press conference held in Lhasa on Tuesday, Duotuo, vice chainman of Tibet, also pointed out that the white paper gave the true voice of people of all ethnic groups in Tibet.

He said the white paper manifested the great significance and historical inevitability of Tibet’s peaceful liberation with abundant historical data, as well as reflected the tremendous changes and achievements the region has made in terms of politics, culture, society, environment and so on over the past six decades.

Since 1951, the region has realized two jumps socially and economically – millions of serfs who were subject to the serf owners as „tools who can only speak,“ became masters of their own while the region has freed itself from an isolated land to an open one and from a poor one to a prosperous one.

„The great event goes with the tide of history and follows the aspiration of the people. No one could ever distort the historical fact or deny its great significance,“ Duotuo emphasized.

International media positively comments on the white paper

In response to the white paper, the Voice of America (VOA) published an article titled „China Pumps Huge Investments in Tibet“ in its Chinese website, thoroughly going on China’s move to invest heavily in Tibet as well as protect and guarantee the freedom of religious belief in the region.

Cited from the white paper, the article said „In the period from 1952 to 2010, the central government sent a total of 300 billion yuan to Tibet as financial subsidies…“ while „Over the past 60 years the central government has allocated more than 160 billion yuan in direct investment to Tibet…“.

„The central government has adopted a series of preferential policies for Tibet in such areas as banking, finance and taxation, investment, infrastructure construction, industrial development, farming and animal husbandry, environmental protection, education, public health, science and technology, culture and physical education.“

Just one day after the release of the white paper, the Ta Kung Pao, a newspaper based in Hongkong gave a comment.

„The paper mirrored the profound and great changes in Tibet, helping people outside the region to get a better acquaintance with China’s ethnic policies and the facts of Tibet,“ it said.

According to the comment, many Chinese top officials spoke highly of achievements Tibet has made since 1951 and attached great importance to Tibetan work.

According to China Tibet Online, a dozen of Chinese major media such as CCTV, Xinhua News Agency, People’s Daily Online and Ifeng.com also commented on the paper.

Editor:Wang Chuhan |Source: China Tibet Online
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