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A Little of Tibet in Italy

November 24, 2009

The Second Forum on the Development of Tibet
helps the international society deepen its understanding of Tibet
Alibaba News
November 22, 2009

VISITING TIBET -- The Second Forum on the
Development of Tibet opened in Rome, Italy on
October 22, 2009. The photo shows a participant
passing by a forum poster (LUO HUANHUAN)The
Second Forum on the Development of Tibet was held
in Rome, Italy on October 22-23, 2009. The forum,
with a theme of Tibet: Development Prospects and
Cooperation Opportunities, was sponsored by the
State Council Information Office of China, the
Italy-China Foundation of Italy and the Chinese Embassy in Italy.

More than 400 people attended the forum,
including government officials, experts and
others from China, Italy, Austria, the United
States, India, Australia, Spain and Belgium. More
than 20 Chinese and foreign representatives
exchanged ideas concerning the Tibet Autonomous
Region's economy, culture, education, health and
environmental protection. It was the second
multilateral international forum on Tibet's
development held by China's State Council
Information Office and foreign organizations. The
first such forum was held in Vienna, Austria, in 2007.

A Rome Declaration was passed and released at the
conclusion of the forum. The declaration said
that Tibet has developed in a half-century from a
backward feudal economy to an open economy. Its
achievements in modernizing are encouraging.
Tibetan people's living standards have improved
significantly. Participants said the forum will
help the international society deepen its
understanding of Tibet, find a cooperation model,
push for the region's better and faster
development and ultimately benefit the Tibetan people.

Cesare Romiti, President of the Italy-China
Foundation, said the event offers a good chance
to learn about and cooperate with the Tibet
Autonomous Region. The forum has provided an
opportunity to further relations between Italy
and China, to understand their cultures, peoples
and traditions and to promote their future economic cooperation.

Wang Chen, Minister of China's State Council
Information Office (XUE PING) During an interview
with Xinhua News Agency on October 23, Wang Chen,
Minister of the State Council Information Office,
said the information office felt that most
Italian people are interested in China and are
supportive of China's Tibet policy.

Wang said it is normal for the West to have
different views on Tibet and that the reasons for
that are very complicated. First, China is far
away from Europe and Tibet is located on a remote
plateau, which to some extent hampers
communication. Not many Westerners visit the
region, and thus do not know it very well. In
addition, some Westerners harbor political
prejudices regarding Tibet because the Dalai Lama
and his followers have spread rumors on the
issue. The rumors have confused some Western
people, Wang added. Despite the difficulties and
obstacles, Wang expressed his desire to let the
world know about the real Tibet.

"We are very confident. Our confidence originates
in our belief in the power of truth. More and
more people in Europe will get to know the truth
about Tibet. The incorrect view held by a very
small number of people will become more and more unpopular," Wang said.

After the forum concluded, an exhibition titled
The Snow-Covered Plateau -- Chinese Painting
Works was held in Rome and Milan on October 23
and October 26. The exhibition featured 118 works
depicting Tibet, including traditional Chinese
paintings, oil paintings, engravings and cloth
paintings. Sixty-eight painters, about half
coming from Tibet, created the art from 1952 to
2009. The paintings portray Tibet's spectacular
natural scenery, colorful cultural heritage and
great social and cultural changes that have taken
place since the peaceful liberation of the
region. The exhibition drew a large crowd, while
many expressed afterward their desire to visit Tibet in person.

On October 24 and 26, a Chinese-Italian Artists'
Exchange Meeting was held in Rome and Milan.
Chinese artists, including four from Tibet, and
several Italian artists, professors and critics
attended the meeting and exchanged views on art theory and technique.

The meeting provided a chance for Chinese and
Italian artists to communicate, said Feng Yuan,
Vice Chairman of the China Artists Association.
Those in attendance said the meeting improved
understanding between artists working in the two
countries. They further hoped that the two
countries would increase cultural exchange and cooperation.
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