China needs to build an “impregnable fortress” to maintain stability in Tibet, protect national unity and educate the masses in the fight against “splitism,” President Xi Jinping told senior leaders on Saturday.
China took control of Tibet in 1950 in what it calls a “peaceful liberation” that helped the remote Himalayan region shed its “feudal” past. However, critics, led by the exiled spiritual leader Dalai Lama, say Beijing’s rule is a “cultural genocide.”
At a high-level meeting of the Communist Party on the future governance of Tibet, Xi praised the achievements made and praised the frontline officials, but said further efforts were needed to enrich, rejuvenate and strengthen unity in the region.
Political and ideological education in Tibetan schools needed to be strengthened in order to “plant the seeds of love for China in the depths of the hearts of all young people,” Xi said in a statement released by the state news agency Xinhua.
Xi promised to build a “united, prosperous, civilized, harmonious and beautiful new, modern, socialist Tibet” and said China must strengthen the Communist Party’s role in the territory and better integrate its ethnic groups.
Tibetan Buddhism must also adapt to socialism and Chinese conditions, he added.
China’s policy towards Tibet has again come under the spotlight this year amid deteriorating relations with the United States.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in July that the United States would restrict visas for some Chinese officials involved in blocking diplomatic access to Tibet and engaging in “human rights abuses”, adding that Washington support a “significant autonomy” for Tibet.
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