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Qizhala, the Chinese regime appointed chairman of TAR government. Photo: File

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Lhasa -- A top Chinese government official of the so called Tibet Autonomous Region on Monday said Tibet is "full of vigor" and its people are confident to be at par with others in the nation to achieve a "moderately prosperous society."

"I can proudly say that Tibet is full of vigor like never before. A hundred flowers are in bloom," said Qizhala, the Chinese regime appointed chairman of region government, using a Chinese expression to describe a liberal and prosperous time, Xinhua reported on March 28.

In a televised speech on the eve of Tibet's Serfs' Emancipation Day, Qizhala said the people of Tibet are commemorating this day to tell the dark history of the old Tibet and show the fundamental changes that have taken place in the socialist new Tibet.

Serfs' Emancipation Day was formally established on March 28 by the regional legislature in 2009 to mark the start of Tibetan democracy, which ended the feudal serf system in 1959, freeing 1 million serfs, or 90 percent of the region's population at that time.

Qizhala said Tibet has achieved new progress since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in 2012. The economy has been growing rapidly with solidarity among ethnic groups, a well-protected environment, improved livelihoods, and society in peace and harmony, he said.

He said Tibet has redoubled efforts to enhance ethnic solidarity, maintain peace and harmony in Buddhist monasteries and during religious rituals, and help more than 130,000 cast off poverty, 77,000 of whom were relocated from inhospitable areas.

Statistics show Tibet's economy grew by more than 10 percent and fixed assets investment shot up about 20 percent in 2016, taking a leading place among provincial-level regions nationwide. Tibet also topped the list of average disposable income growth for urban and rural residents.

Qizhala urged all people in Tibet to work even harder to march toward Tibet's lasting peace and security and long-term development.

A group of the Chinese Communist party from Tibet led by Dalha visited the US last year and during their meetings with the U.S. officials, Mr Dalha openly claimed that Tibet has always been part of China, and there is no basis for "Tibet issue." But many Tibetans called him a Chinese "puppet" from Tibet.

He also had ordered crackdown on ‘separatists’ and ‘criminal activities’ that he linked to ‘Dalai Clique’, while keeping all the monasteries under severe clampdown and increased surveillance.

In last year, China appointed Wu Yingjie as the party chief of the Tibet Autonomous Region. Wu is known for his long involvement advancing hardline Party campaigns and crackdowns in Tibet. He even went so far as to describe himself as a “local Tibetan”, saying that he was “brought up by the Party, the people, the Tibetan Plateau and all the ethnic groups of Tibet” and that he loves "the land and the hardworking people here."

Tibet was invaded by Communist China, starting in 1949, Beijing calls a "peaceful liberation". Since that time, over 1.2 million out of 6 Tibetans have been killed, over 6000 monasteries have been destroyed— the acts of murder, rape and arbitrary imprisonment, torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment were inflicted on the Tibetans inside Tibet.

Tibet was traditionally comprised of three main areas— U-tsang, Kham and Amdo provinces, covers an area of 870,000 square miles. After 1949, other Tibetan areas (Amdo and Kham) were incorporated into the neighboring, Chinese provinces of Gansu, Qinghai, Sichuan, and Yunnan. 

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