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Chinese leaders promote interest of 'all ethnic groups' in Tibet

August 21, 2010

Tibetan Review
August 18, 2010

On a four-day inspection tour of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR)
which ended on Aug 16, China's Politburo Standing Committee member He
Guoqiang called on the religious leaders there to promote patriotism
and ethnic unity, reported China's official Xinhua news agency Aug
16. He was also reported to have called for continuous efforts to
achieve "leapfrog development and lasting stability" in the autonomous region.

He was reported to have asked officials and people of "all ethnic
groups" in the TAR to seize the available opportunities and to unite
to promote the development and stability of the region.

At a meeting with people from the religious circles, He, who is also
the head of the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, was
reported to have encouraged the monks to promote patriotism, while
calling on them to contribute to the prosperity and ethnic unity in the region.

The report also said that on a separate inspection tour in the TAR
from Aug 13 to 15, Du Qinglin, head of the United Front Work
Department of the CPC Central Committee, asked monasteries to promote
legal, standardized and scientific management. Competent Tibetan
Buddhist monks and nuns who are politically reliable, extraordinarily
learned and widely respected should be selected to monastery
management committees through thorough democratic consultation,
China's online Tibet news service Aug 16 quoted Du as
saying at a conference on democratic management of Tibetan Buddhist
monasteries held in Shigatse on Aug 14-15.

Some 150 people from Tibetan Buddhist circles and related
governmental organizations were reported to have attended the
conference. China's Panchen Gyaltsen Norbu was reported to have sent
a congratulatory message for the conference which took place in his
own supposed hometown.

Du, also vice chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese
People's Political Consultative Conference, was also reported to have
asked local authorities to focus more on increasing the income and
improve living standards of people from "all ethnic groups" in the area.
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