China Promises Reforms in Tibet
China today called for stepped up vigil against the "Dalai clique" to safeguard national unity as it promised to carry out reforms in Tibet while opening up the troubled Himalayan region, which saw nearly 100 immolation incidents in recent times.
Losang Jamcan, who today took over as the Chairman of Tibet a high administrative post, said, "Reform and opening up is a must for the prosperity of Tibet and its people. Without the policy, today's Tibet would not exist, nor would the prosperity and development of tomorrow's Tibet."
Losang also called for maintaining vigilance in times of peace as well as taking a firm political stand and acting consistently to resolutely battling against "the Dalai Lama clique" and unswervingly safeguarding the unification of national unity.
"All development and progress of Tibet since its peaceful liberation is the results of sticking to the leadership of the Communist Party of China
(CPC), the socialist system, the regional ethnic autonomy system and the path of development with Chinese characteristics and Tibetan features," he said.
China views the Dalai Lama as a separatist, who is working with Western forces to split Tibet from rest of the country. Beijing also blames him for a series of self-immolations by Tibetans who are protesting Chinese rule in their Himalayan homeland.
Losang, born in Chagyab, Tibet in July 1957, was elected chairman of the Tibet Autonomous Region at the first session of the Tibet Autonomous Regional People's Congress, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.