BEIJING, July 19 (Xinhuanet) -- China's central
authorities sent Thursday a message of congratulation to the local
authorities of Tibet Autonomous Region, marking the 50th anniversary
of the peaceful liberation of Tibet.
The message was read at a grand ceremony held in Lhasa, capital
city of the autonomous region.The message was jointly signed by
the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), the
Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC), the
National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative
Conference (CPPCC), and the Central Military Commission (CMC).
The message first extends warm congratulations and cordial greetings
to local workers, farmers, herdsmen, intellectuals and officials
of all ethnic groups and patriotic personages from all walks of
life in Tibet as well as officers and soldiers of the Chinese
People's Liberation Army (PLA) and the Chinese People's Armed
Police Force (PAPF), the public security officers in Tibet, and
all comrades who have participated in, cared for and assisted
"Tibet is an inalienable part of our great motherland,"
says the message, "closely united with all other ethnic groups
in the country, our ethnic Tibetan compatriots, who are industrious,
talented and courageous, have made indelible contributions to
the historical process of creating the unified multi-ethnic state
On May 23, 1951, the plenipotentiary representative of the then
Tibetan local government signed in Beijing an Agreement on Measures
for the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet, declaring Tibet's peaceful
liberation, the message recalls.
Over the past 50 years, the three generations of the central collective
leadership with Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping and Jiang Zemin at the
core respectively have always shown great care for Tibet and devoted
much attention and painstaking efforts to the building up of Tibet,
and its reform and development, and to the liberation and well-being
of people from all ethnic groups in Tibet, the message says.
The message notes that over the last 50 years, all undertakings
of Tibet have scored tremendous achievements, and earth-shaking
changes have taken place in its economy and society. Under the
CPC leadership, officials and people of all ethnic groups in Tibet
have abolished feudal serfdom and established the power of people'
s democracy, exercising regional ethnic autonomy and pressing
ahead with the building of socialism.
"All this has unleashed and expanded Tibet's social productive
forces to an unprecedented level and contributed to the continuing
improvement of the Tibetan people's material and cultural lives,"
says the message.
Since China started its reform and opening-up drive, especially
after the third working conference on Tibet was held, the state
has worked out a series of special policies and preferential measures
Other provinces, autonomous regions, municipalities and all social
sectors in the country have offered unreserved support and assistance
to the reform and development of Tibet, says the message.
"Tibet is now in one of its best periods in its history in
terms of economic development and social stability," it continues,
"This is evidenced by, among other things, its increasingly
rapid economic growth, significant improvement of its people's
living standards, remarkable achievements in its building of advanced
socialist culture and ethics, and vigorous development of all
its social undertakings."
"Today Tibet enjoys economic development, social progress
and ethnic unity," says the message. "Its people live
in peace and harmony. With good government and united people,
Tibet is forging ahead in every field."
"Both history and reality have proven that without the Communist
Party of China, there would not have been a socialist new Tibet,
nor its development and prosperity."
Tibet has great potential with its vast land and abundant natural
resources. The autonomous region will surely have a brighter future
with forceful backing from the Central Government and the whole
nation, and through continued self-reliance and unremitting efforts
by cadres and people in Tibet.
It is important to ensure that economic growth will be quality
and results oriented, as required by the development of the socialist
market economy, and to vigorously widen the scale and scope of
the reform and opening-up, and implement the strategy of rejuvenating
the country by relying on science, technology and education, and
The message points out that it is also important to carry forward
and promote the fine cultural traditions of all ethnic groups,
strengthen their great unity, and make a bigger contribution to
Tibet's development, prosperity and social stability.
"It is the common task of the Chinese people of all ethnic
groups, including Tibetan people, to consolidate and promote Tibet
's political stability and unity," says the message, adding
that it is essential to keep to and improve the system of regional
"We should fully and correctly implement the Party's ethnic
and religious policy and unite all forces possible," says
the message, "We should resolutely foil all separatist plans
and sabotage attempts by the few separatist elements and the international
hostile forces and strive for a lasting peace and political stability
"The PLA garrison and the PAPF units in Tibet are the devoted
and staunch guards in defending the motherland. They should strengthen
their unity with the government and the people and serve as a
great wall of steel in the southwestern frontier of the motherland,"
"We hope that the cadres and people of all ethnic groups
in Tibet will take the celebration of the 50th anniversary of
the peaceful liberation of Tibet as a new starting point and follow
the leadership of the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Jiang
Zemin at the core, hold high the great banner of Deng Xiaoping
Theory and firmly put into practice the important thinking of
the 'Three Representatives'," it says.
The message expresses hope that Tibet will continue to focus on
the central task of economic development and keep a firm grip
on the two top priorities of developing the economy and maintaining
stability, and promote the transition from a progressively accelerated
economic development to a leapfrog development and from relative
stability to a lasting peace so that Tibet, on the roof of the
world, will shine more brilliantly in the new century.