China to tackle Tibet separatists

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China will deepen the battle against separatism and crack down on all kinds of separatist activities, a top political advisor said.

A grand ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Tibet Autonomous Region is held at the square of the Potala Palace in Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region,
A grand ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Tibet Autonomous Region is held at the square of the Potala Palace in Lhasa, capital of southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region,

The fight against separatist force will be carried out according to law to firmly safeguard the national unity and Tibet’s stability, said Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

Xinhua said that Yu spoke on Tuesday at a ceremony marking the 50th founding anniversary of the Tibet Autonomous Region.

Tibet’s GDP

Tibet’s GDP soared from 327 million yuan in 1965 to 92.08 billion yuan ($14.5 billion) in 2014, a 281-fold increase, a white paper published by China on Sunday said.

Tibet’s economic development has achieved leapfrog development by constantly reaching higher levels, said the paper titled “Successful Practice of Regional Ethnic Autonomy in Tibet”.

Since 1994, GDP grew at an annual rate of 12.4 percent on average, registering double-digit growth for 20 consecutive years, Xinhua news agency reported.

Fiscal revenues increased from 22.39 million yuan in 1965 to 16.475 billion yuan in 2014, further enhancing Tibet’s self-development capabilities, the paper said.

China overran Tibet after the Communists took charge of Beijing in 1948, forcing the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama to flee to India.