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Development brings well-being to Tibetans



Development brings well-being to Tibetans
From: China Tibet Online
Tibet's peaceful liberation was marked by the signing of the Agreement on Measures for the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet, also known as the 17-Article Agreement between the central government and the former local government of Tibet on May 23, 1951. Sixty-two years have passed, no one denies the rapid development Tibet has made and the well-being it has brought to the Tibetan people.

In terms of the social system, since its peaceful liberation Tibet has abolished feudal serfdom, implemented regional ethnic autonomy and established socialism featuring people's democracy. The former serfs and slaves have since become masters of their own country and society. They enjoy both the right to equally participate in the administration of state affairs and to handle local and ethnic affairs on their own.

Lodro, a 79-year-old man described his suffering in old Tibet: "I experienced the cruel torture of face-slapping by whips. My father had his eyes gouged out and died later. We did not have enough food to eat and decent clothing to cover our bodies. How life has changed." Now Lodro has moved into the nursing home and been taken care of by the working staff. He is in good health and enjoying his life.

Regarding the economic development, before the peaceful liberation, Tibet’s economy was in a state of stagnation, and people lived in dire poverty. Since the peaceful liberation however, the economy has developed with each passing day.

According to the statistics from the Minister of Industry and Information Technology of TAR, Tibet had gained an industrial added value of 2,064 million yuan (about US$331.27 million) during the first half year of 2012 with an increase of 12.7 percent. The increment speed of industry was 1.4 percent over the whole region's GDP, 0.7 percent higher than that of China's Western Region Industry and 2.2 percent higher than that of the whole country.

In regard to the ethnic culture, the central and regional governments always attach great importance to inheriting, protecting and developing the traditional culture of the Tibetan ethnic group. The learning, use and development of the Tibetan language are protected by law, and the Tibetan script has become the first ethnic-minority script in China that has international text coding standards for information exchange.

In addition, Tibet's radio, TV, press and publication have also grown rapidly. Tibet now has 10 professional art performing troupes, 500-odd amateur art performing and Tibetan opera teams, and 19 folk art performing groups at the county level. A large number of traditional festivals have been inherited and revived.

Religious belief freedom is always a target for people who have ulterior motives. According to a white paper published by the Information Office of the State Council on July 2011, freedom of religious belief of all ethnic groups is well respected and protected in Tibet. All religions, all religious sects are equal in Tibet.

The Living Buddha reincarnation system, unique to Tibetan Buddhism, is fully respected. People are free to learn and debate Buddhist doctrines, get ordained as monks and practice Buddhist rites. Academic degrees in Buddhism are also promoted. According to the previous report by the China Tibet Online, a total of 26 young representatives of Tibetan Buddhism from Tibet had been sent to study in Guangdong Province in 2012.

Many exchange tours have been organized for lama students in the eighth grade to pursue the advanced Tibetan Buddhism degree from the Buddhism College of China to east China’s cities such as Shanghai and Hangzhou.

Therefore, Tibet's development is so closely linked to the well-being of its people as numerous historical facts have proved that only development can bring well-being and prosperity to the Tibetan people.

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