Top political advisor stresses stability in Tibetan regions

By Mo Hong'e | Xinhua

LANZHOU, China, 10 July 2013

Top political advisor Yu Zhengsheng has called for lasting prosperity and stability in China’s Tibetan regions by improving local livelihoods and fighting the 14th Dalai Lama clique.

The Dalai Lama has long been engaged in secessionist activity that runs against both the common interests of people of various ethnic groups and the traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, said Yu, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee.

The Dalai Lama’s “middle way,” which is intended to achieve high-degree autonomy in “Greater Tibet,” directly conflicts with China’s Constitution and the country’s system of regional ethnic autonomy, Yu said.

He called for an absolute fight against the Dalai Lama clique in order to realise national unification and Tibetan regions’ development and stability.

Tibetan Buddhists should draw a clear line with the Dalai Lama and firmly oppose any secessionist acts that could sabotage both the CPC’s rule and the socialist system, Yu said.

The policies of the CPC Central Committee toward the Dalai Lama are “consistent and clear,” said Yu, who is also chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).

“Only when the Dalai Lama publicly announces that Tibet is an inalienable part of China, gives up the idea of ‘Tibet independence’ and stops his secessionist activity can his relations with the CPC Central Committee be improved,” Yu said.

In the Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in south China’s Gansu Province, Yu visited local herders, saying that development is the priority of the region.

“Only when people’s lives have been improved can they be better united with the CPC and become a reliable basis for maintaining stability,” said Yu.

He called for the application of advanced technology to improve agricultural output and productivity.

Efforts should be made to help more people find jobs and opportunities, Yu said.

Yu said after visiting a local primary school that the promotion of bilingual education in ethnic minority regions, in which students are taught in both Chinese and Tibetan, will help students find employment in the future, as well as enhance understanding and unity among different ethnic groups.

The number of vocational schools in the region should be increased in order to improve young people’s competitiveness in the job market, he said.

The top political advisor also visited religious figures at the Labrang Monastery in Xiahe County. The monastery is one of the six great temples of the Geluk school of Tibetan Buddhism.

Yu encouraged the religious officials to carry on the tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and encourage their monks to be patriotic and competent.

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