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New city inaugurated in Tibet

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Xinhua

May 28, 2016

Shannan in southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region

was officially reclassified as a city on Friday.

Photo taken on May 21 shows Shannan City in southwest China’s Tibet

Autonomous Region. [Photo: Xinhua]

China’s State Council, or the cabinet, approved Shannan’s

applica6on to be upgraded from a prefecture to a

prefecture-level city in January.

Shannan will now get its own city commijee of the

Communist Party of China, government, people’s congress

standing commijee, and poli6cal advisory body.

Located in southeastern Tibet with an average al6tude of

3,700 meters, Shannan is the figh prefecture-level city in

Tibet ager regional capital Lhasa, Qamdo, Xigaze and

Nyingchi.

With a popula6on of 360,000, Shannan had a GDP of

11.36 billion yuan(1.73 billion U.S. dollars) in 2015.

Phurbu Dondrup, mayor of Shannan City, said that

conversion from a prefecture to a city means a simplified

administra6ve approval procedure, which will be helpful

for the economic development of the area due to higher

efficiency.

Rights abuse allega4ons in Tibet

groundless: Chinese media

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May 26, 2015

Accusing the US of being an “ac6ve provoker” of Tibetan

independence, China’s state media today said the West

was making “groundless” allega6ons about human rights

viola6ons to sabotage the integrity of China.

“The western countries are always hyping human rights

condi6ons in Tibet. Their accusa6ons are groundless,” said

an ar6cle in the state-run Global Times.

“The Western countries are colluding with some Tibetan

radicals to ins6gate Tibet independence. In recent years,

China has been developing rapidly. Concerned about

China’s rise, the Western countries are colluding with the

14th Dalai Lama, who went into exile in India in 1959, and

other radicals to ins6gate Tibet independence,” it said.

“However, the Tibetan separa6sts are merely chess pieces

used by the West to counter China,” it claimed.

China this month commemorated the 65th year of its

takeover of Tibet and Chinese media has been taking an

increasingly tough stance against the US of late. Yesterday,

the Chinese media slammed the US for liging the decades-
old arms embargo against Vietnam.

Today, the paper said: “The US is also an ac6ve provoker

of Tibet independence. Given its huge ideological disparity

from China, the White House has been ajemp6ng to

sabotage the integrity of China for a long 6me.”

“In fact, the so-called Tibet independence movement is an

outcome of the imperialist aggression against China.

Specifically, the UK ajempted to construct a buffer zone

to protect its geopoli6cal interests in India, which was

colonised by the UK at that 6me. To this end, the UK

invaded Tibet in the 1860s and at the beginning of the

20th century,” it said.

“India, ager its independence, ajempted to inherit the

UK’s strategic legacies in the region, and thus followed the

UK to intervene in the interior affairs of Tibet,” it said.

In 1959, the Dalai Lama fled Tibet to Dharmsala in India.

China officially established the Tibet Autonomous Region

in 1965. “Since then Tibet has achieved enormous

development,” the ar6cle said.

Tibet’s GDP surged from USD 15 million in the 1950s to

over USD 17 billion in 2015 and the ar6cle claimed that

Tibet has seen “drama6c changes” in economy, poli6cs,

social welfare and culture.