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Chamdo Exhibition Marks 60th Anniversary of Chinese Invasion

October 25, 2010

Matthew Hayes
The Tibet Post International
October 22, 2010

Dharamshala -- An exhibition has opened in Chamdo
Prefecture, Eastern Tibet, to mark the 60th
Anniversary of the Chinese invasion of the
region. The exhibition, which opened on Monday
October 18, charts the history of Chamdo, and
emphasises the region's continued development.

The exhibition, visited by around 1000 people,
displays the heritage of Chamdo region with
historic photos, multimedia presentations, sand
tables, and publications in both Mandarin and Tibetan.

Kelsing, a local Chinese official, praised the
exhibition, stating that "a review of the past
tells us to cherish the present, and gives us hope for a better future".

On October 19, 1950, Chinese People's Liberation
Army troops marched into Chamdo, the capital of
Eastern Tibet, receiving limited resistance from
the peaceful Tibetan army. The Governor-General
Ngapo Ngawang Jigme quickly surrendered, and the
following year all of Tibet was under Chinese
rule after the controversial Seventeen Point
Agreement signed in Beijing on May 23, 1951.
Ngapo, who signed the agreement, proceeded to
have a long career within the Chinese Communist Administration of Tibet.

Chinese media prefer to view these events as a
"peaceful liberation," and emphasise economic
progress in the region since then. The GDP of
Chamdo Prefecture was 5.8 billion yuan last year,
140 times the figure for 1958.

Qi Fei, the chief of the local transport bureau,
said that Chamdo "had no roads in the 1950s", but
has 9,164km of roads today, linking 72.5% of all
villages. The government is also building an
inter-provincial highway to connect Chamdo with
major cities in Western China, such as Lhasa, Chengdu, Xining and Kunming.

The exhibition follows the 11th Reba Arts
Festival, held in Dengqen County, which featured
song and dance celebrating life over the last 60
years. A full celebration of the "peaceful
liberation" is to be held on October 23 and is to
include art performances and the launching of new construction projects.
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