BEIJING, July 18 (Xinhuanet) -- People's Daily,
the leading national newspaper, will publish a commentary Thursday
to mark the 50th anniversary of the peaceful liberation of the
Tibet Autonomous Region.
The paper expresses greetings to ethnic people in Tibet on the
special day and conveys thanks to officials and people who contribute
to the development and stability of the region.
Fifty years ago, the central government of New China and the local
government of Tibet signed the agreement on the peaceful liberation
of Tibet. The 50-year history since the peaceful liberation proves
that without the Communist Party of China (CPC) and support of
people across the country, there would be no new Tibet like there
The commentary says that the agreement marked a turning point
for Tibet, enabling it to break away from the control of imperialism
and consolidating the nation's unification.
Following the peaceful liberation, people in Tibet insist on socialism
under the leadership of the CPC. They have made full efforts to
carry out reform, opening up and modernization construction.
Great achievements have been reached in politics, economy and
culture over the period, during which people from all ethnic groups
in Tibet have totally changed their life from isolation to opening
up, from darkness to brightness, from under-development to progress
and from poverty to wealth, the article says.
The CPC Central Committee and the State Council held a national
meeting in June to discuss the development of Tibet.
The meeting, the fourth of its kind in history, urged to pay attention
to two major issues of Tibet -- economic development and social
The meeting called for related departments and officials to carry
out the CPC's policies on religion, to further support Tibet 's
development while at the same time smashing separatists activities.
Under the leadership of the Party Central Committee, with Jiang
Zemin at the core, guidelines and policies on the new-period development
of Tibet will be constantly carried out to lead the region to
a more prosperous future.