BUSINESS 80 percent of Beijing’s aid to Tibet goes to livelihood projects


80 percent of Beijing’s aid to Tibet goes to livelihood projects

Global Times

03:36, November 28, 2019


A villager displays apples for tasting during the "apple conference" held at a village in Mainling County of Nyingchi City, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, Oct. 26, 2019. (Photo: Xinhua)

Beijing has supported 86 projects in Lhasa, Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region this year, and 80 percent of the financial aid was used to improve local residents' livelihood and the infrastructure construction in Tibet, reported on Wednesday. 

Beijing has arranged 56 municipal-level and 30 district-level aid projects in Tibet in 2019, investing more than 621.63 million yuan ($88.5 million), reported.

Liu Wenju, an official from the directorate on Beijing's aid to Tibet, was cited by as saying the focus of the aid work is to improve Tibetan residents' livelihood and increase employment to lift more people out of poverty. 

Beijing has spent more than 137.75 million yuan on projects on people's livelihood, including giving free medical treatment to patients with altitude sickness and improving the living infrastructure constructions of a poverty-stricken village. 

Beijing is helping Lhasa cultivate new economic growth sectors and increase employment. With the help of Beijing, Nyemo county in Lhasa has established greenhouses. 

For the cultural and tourism fields, Beijing has provided 30 million yuan in building projects, including a leisure area and a cultural square. 

Located 4,000 meters above sea level, Tibet is one of the main grounds in China's nationwide battle against poverty. 

The region has made great progress since anti-poverty campaigns began, the Xinhua News Agency reported. 

Aid from other provinces has helped shore up industries to achieve anti-poverty targets. Funds, talent, and expertise from developed cities like Shanghai have helped Tibetans set up high-end factories rather than low-end ones, authorities said.

China Development Bank has issued 52.3 billion yuan of loans to impoverished counties in Tibet, benefitting over 400,000 people, according to Xinhua. 

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