BEIJING, June 29 (Xinhuanet) -- The Central Committee
of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the State Council called
a national meeting to discuss the development of Tibet on June
25-27 in Beijing.
The meeting, the fourth of its kind in history, was attended by
senior Chinese leaders from central government departments and
localities. President Jiang Zemin, who is also secretary-general
of the CPC Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military
Commission, said at the meeting that the fate of Tibet and the
Tibetan people is and will continue to be tightly linked with
the motherland and the whole Chinese nation.
"The coming five to ten years will be an important period
for the development of both Tibet and the entire country,"
Jiang said. "We will continue to pay attention to two major
issues in Tibet-- economic development and social stability."
Jiang said that the development, stability and safety of Tibet
are of "extreme importance" for China, and the whole
party and all related departments should maintain full awareness
The President said that the central government will continue to
increase its direct investment in Tibet, and the investment focus
will be on infrastructure improvement.
Jiang expressed his wish for local officials in Tibet to further
their minds, to work even harder, to restructure
the economic system, to make full use of the market system and
to largely improve people's lives in Tibet.
Jiang also urged the related departments and officials to carry
out the CPC's policies on religion, to protect legal religious
activities while at the same time punishing those who conduct
separatist and criminal activities using religion as camouflage."To
uphold and improve the leadership of the CPC is an essential guarantee
for an even better tomorrow for Tibet," Jiang said.
Zhu Rongji, Chinese Premier and also a member of the Standing
Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee,
said at the meeting that the central government has decided to
directly invest in 117 construction projects in Tibet, with a
total investment of around 31.2 billion yuan (3.8 billion US dollars).
Zhu also said that some other provincial governments will invest
1.06 billion yuan (130 million US dollars) in 70 construction
projects in Tibet in the following several years, and Tibet will
continue to enjoy a series of preferential policies.
Li Ruihuan, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese
People's Political Consultative Conference and also a member of
the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central
Committee, said at the meeting that all CPC members should study
the policies and decisions of the CPC central committee on Tibet
work and help to build Tibet into a more prosperous autonomous
region of China.
Li Peng, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's
Congress, and Hu Jintao, Chinese Vice President -- also both members
of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central
Committee -- respectively presided over the meeting's two sessions.