New city inaugurated in Tibet
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
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
Rights abuse allega4ons in Tibet
groundless: Chinese media
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.