OPINIONS PD Editorial: 70 years on, Tibet embarks on new journey of stability, high-quality development


PD Editorial: 70 years on, Tibet embarks on new journey of stability, high-quality development

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18:24, August 19, 2021

People of all ethnic groups in China's Tibet Autonomous Region on Thursday commemorated the 70th anniversary of the peaceful liberation of the region.

In late July, Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, Chinese president and chairman of the Central Military Commission, visited Tibet on the occasion of the anniversary, the first time in the history of the Party and the country. Xi extended congratulations to the anniversary of its peaceful liberation, visited officials and ordinary people of various ethnic groups and conveyed the CPC Central Committee's care to them.

In 1951, the Agreement of the Central People's Government and the Local Government of Tibet on Measures for the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet (17-Article Agreement) was signed, officially proclaiming the peaceful liberation of Tibet. Since then, the people of Tibet have broken free from the fetters of invading imperialism for good, and embarked on a bright road of unity, progress and development with all the other ethnic groups in China.

Following the peaceful liberation, all the ethnic peoples of Tibet, united under the strong leadership of the CPC, have forged ahead in implementing the 17-Article Agreement, carrying out democratic reforms, establishing the socialist system, implementing regional ethnic autonomy and pressing ahead with the opening-up and modernization in Tibet.

The 70 years have witnessed a fast-moving society and rapid improvements of people’s lives in Tibet. In the new era, under the strong leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Xi at the core and with the vigorous support of the whole country, cadres and people strive with united strength to lift Tibet from absolute poverty and achieved moderate prosperity in all aspects. People in the region enjoy a stable social environment, economic and cultural prosperity, a sound eco-environment, and lead better lives.

The CPC has united and led the people in Tibet to make unprecedented historic achievements. The region has progressed from darkness to light, from backwardness to progress, from poverty to prosperity, from autocracy to democracy, from closure to opening-up. The social system has achieved a historic leap, the economy and society have made all-round development, people's lives have been greatly improved, and the urban and rural areas are totally different from the past.

The 70-year practice has fully proven that only by safeguarding the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the motherland can the fundamental interests of people in Tibet be fully protected. Only by adhering to the CPC leadership, the socialist system with Chinese characteristics and the system of regional ethnic autonomy can Tibet maintain long-term stability and prosperity. Only by insisting on reform and opening-up can the progress of economy and society be overall promoted. Only by seeking people-centered development can Tibet better meet its people's hopes for a better life. Only by sticking to the party’s strategy of governing Tibet in the new era can the region transform into a modern and beautiful new socialist Tibet characterized by unity, prosperity, civility, and harmony.

As Xi once proposed, “To govern the country well we must first govern the frontiers well, and to govern the frontiers well we must first ensure stability in Tibet.” Since 1978, the CPC Central Committee has held seven national meetings on Tibet, making major decisions and plans for the region.

Work related to Tibet has undergone profound changes since the 18th National Congress. China has summed up the successful experiences in the work of stabilizing and rejuvenating Tibet, and formed the strategy for governing Tibet in the new era.

The sustained stability and rapid development of Tibet is a contribution to the party and the country. The party’s updated strategy for governing Tibet should be long-held and all-round implemented.

Tibet is now standing at a new point in the region’s history. We must strictly implement the party's strategy, and write a new chapter in the long-term stability and high-quality development of Tibet.

To promote the high-quality development of Tibet, all development should be endowed with the meaning of ethnic unity and progress, the meaning of improving livelihood and building consensus, and the purpose to enhance the sense of gain, happiness, and safety of the people of all ethnic groups.

Guided by the CPC leadership with Xi at the core, all the ethnic peoples in Tibet are implementing the decisions made at the Seventh National Meeting on Tibet, working united with a sense of Chinese nation community. By ensuring national security and long-term stability, improving people’s living standards, protecting a good ecological environment and guarding frontier security, Tibet in the future will surely be a more brilliant place for fulfilled lives.

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