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Chinese leaders meet to discuss Tibet's development, stability

February 8, 2010

The Daily Mail (Pakistan)
February 6, 2010

BEIJING, (Xinhua) -- China's senior leaders met
in Beijing Friday to discuss Tibet's development and its long-term stability.

The meeting, presided over by President Hu
Jintao, stressed the system of regional autonomy
of ethnic minorities and a development path with
Chinese characteristics and suited to Tibet's regional conditions.

The meeting was attended by members of the
Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China
(CPC) Central Committee who agreed Tibet's
development important to the building of a
well-off Chinese society, safeguarding national
security, and the fundamental interests and
long-term development of the Chinese nation.

They pledged to give priority to economic
construction in the region, underlined ethnic
unity and the improvement of living standards,
and stressed that efforts should be made to protect Tibet's ecosystem.

Participants agreed to ramp up support measures
for the development of Tibet in the areas of
economy, human resources and technology.

The seemingly endless discussion on China's salt
industry reform is once again entering a critical
moment. The National Development and Reform
Commission, the country's top economic planner,
is taking the lead in drafting a reform plan,
China Business News Daily learned Thursday.

An NDRC official said the plan's framework has
been completed but details still need to be
filled in. The NDRC expects to submit the
proposal to the State Council for approval,
noting that the end of China's salt industry's monopoly is imminent.

China Salt's senior official rebuffed rumors that
the company opposed the reform, saying the open
market competition wouldn't undermine the company
and it wouldn't resist the reform. He said China
Salt is already making the necessary preparations
for the change in the way of they conduct business.
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