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Special> NPC & CPPCC Sessions 2009> Latest
UPDATED: March 4, 2009
Tibet's Development to be Eyecatching in NPC, CPPCC Sessions

A proposal to call for objectively covering Tibet and reflecting its development since democratic reform in 1959 will be submitted to the upcoming annual sessions of the National People's Congress(NPC) and the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).

Tudeng Kezhu, member of the CPPCC National Committee and also vice-president of Tourism and Foreign Studies School in Tibet University, will come to Beijng with his proposal to attend the annual session of the NPC and the CPPCC National Committee. He said: "We are proud of the tremendous changes brought by the 50 years of democratic reform."

He added: "After the riot on March 14 last year, some foreigners thought the Tibetan young men had attempted to separate Tibet from China, but that was not true. The rioters cannot represent all Tibetans. Neither can the so-called Tibetan Youth Association seeking "Tibetan Independence" respesent all the Tibetan youths."

Since February 25, Tibetans all over the country have been celebrating their traditional New Year Festival. "We have been leading a happy life, so I just don't understand why some people should go so far to make trouble, " Tudeng said.

On February 18, the State Council has approved "The Plan on Ecological Security Protection and Construction in Tibet (2008-2030)".

Xiaguokangzhui Yixibandan, having lived in Switzerland for 28 years, expressed his appreciation of the plan: "As a returned Tibetan, I'm grateful for the central government's approval of the plan. It's ever-largest in terms of investment and scope concerned. It's self-evident who can really represent the overwhelming majority of Tibetans. "

Gele, deputy director general of the China Tibetan Studies Center, is working on the Tibetan modernization issue. In his opinion, a well-protected environment, energetic financial support of the central and local governments as well as people-oriented modernization will lead to leapfrog development in Tibet.

Tibet's progress has had a great impact on the people's daily life and become the focus of public interest. In mid-February, reporters at home and abroad arrived in Lhasa for a four-day news coverage organized by the Information Office of the State Council and the Foreign Ministry of China.

Many foreign media said that in the past they focused only on those sensitive topics about Tibet, but the current visit enabled them to witness the great changes that had taken place in all areas in Tibet during the past five decades, including the development of Tibetan-run enterprises and housing projects for low-income families.

Ye Pengfei, a Beijing-based reporter of Singapore Lianhe Zaobao, indicated that Tibet's development is his second major focus in the annual sessions, next only to the Chinese government's plan to tackle the financial crisis. He doesn't think the western so-called issue of Tibet will have a real impact on China. How does every part of China, including Tibet, responds to economic challenges to ensure stable growth will be the focus of is global attention, he added.

Xie Ping, the chief correspondent of Russian Information Agency in China, has worked in Beijing for five years and given himself a Chinese name. He said: "I had been to Tibet before Beijing Olympic Games. Tibet is now quite secure."

He has been tracking China's social progress and economic growth, as well as development in Tibet. "I eye the future more than history," he said.

(Xinhua News Agency March 2, 2009)

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