GLOBALink | 70 years on, Tibet embarks on new journey of modernization

Source: Xinhua| 2021-08-18 16:47:05|Editor: huaxia

Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region will hold a series of activities in the capital city of Lhasa this week to celebrate the 70th anniversary of its peaceful liberation.

Tibet's peaceful liberation was marked by the signing of the 17-Article Agreement on the peaceful liberation between the central government and the former local government of Tibet on May 23, 1951.

The region has experienced profound changes over the past decades under the strong leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC), and is now embarking on a new journey of socialist modernization.

Over the past 70 years, the central government has introduced many favorable policies for the region, covering tax and finance, infrastructure, industrial development, education, health, cultural preservation and environmental protection.

Since 1978, the CPC Central Committee has held seven national meetings on Tibet to make major decisions and plans for the region. All undertakings in Tibet have seen unprecedented development and progress.

In 1951, Tibet's regional GDP was approximately 129 million yuan. In 2020, its GDP exceeded 190 billion yuan(about 29.3 billion U.S. dollars), according to a white paper released in May.

Stretching 1,956 km from Xining, capital city of Qinghai Province to Lhasa, the Qinghai-Tibet Railway linking Tibet with the rest of the country started operation in 2006. It is the world's highest and longest plateau railroad.

The Lhasa-Nyingchi railway, the region's first electrified railway, started official operation with advanced Fuxing bullet trains running on it, providing southeast Tibet with access to railway services for the first time in history.

From 1951 to 2020, the central government invested 224 billion yuan in Tibet's education. Now, the region has established a modern educational system which includes preschool, primary and middle schools, higher education institutions, as well as vocational and technical schools.

By the end of 2019, all registered poor residents and counties in Tibet had shaken off poverty, eliminating absolute poverty in the region for the first time in history.

As China has realized a moderately prosperous society in all respects, Tibet is embarking on the great journey toward all-round modernization together with the rest of the country.

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