China outlines priorities for Tibet to advance stability, prosperity

China on Thursday held a grand gathering in Lhasa to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the peaceful liberation of Tibet, outlining priorities for the region to achieve durable stability and high-quality development.

A congratulatory message from China’s central authorities called for efforts to focus on “four priorities” for Tibet-related work, namely “stability, development, ecology and border management.”

The message was jointly sent by the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, the State Council, the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee and the Central Military Commission.

It has reiterated important remarks made by Chinese President Xi Jinping during his inspection tour to the Tibet Autonomous Region last month and at the seventh Central Symposium on Tibet Work last year.

In a speech at the gathering, China’s top political advisor Wang Yang also stressed these priorities. He called on Tibet to follow the leadership of the CPC, enhance stability within the region and in the border areas, advance ethnic unity, promote high-quality economic and social development and protect the ecological system of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.