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Tibet gov't chief says fight against Dalai Lama lasting and vehement

January 14, 2011

Xinhua is the official news agency of the communist part of China and
the government of China. 2011-01-10 22:52:22

LHASA, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- Tibet's top government official on Monday
said the fight against the Dalai Lama clique is meant to be lasting,
intense, complicated, and sometimes fought vehemently.

"We are still facing an arduous task to fight secessionists and maintain
stability in the region," Padma Choling, chairman of the Tibet
Autonomous Region, said in his first government report submitted to the
local legislature for review on Monday.

The secessionist forces led by the 14th Dalai Lama were blamed for
provoking the deadly riots in Lhasa and other Tibetan regions in March

On another subject, Choling said the government's goal in achieving
rapid development and long-term stability in Tibet also faces challenges
from lagging infrastructure construction, development gap between urban
and rural areas, and lack of a system to ensure long-term growth of
residents' incomes.

Further, Choling noted that the region's economy grew 12.2 percent in
2010. Additionally, incomes for both urban residents and nomads
continued to grow and efforts to tame environmental hazards were
strengthened while new roads and airports were built.

The central government has been pouring vast funding, personnel, and
resources to assist Tibet's development over the past decades. Much of
these efforts can be seen in the complete makeover of Lhasa and other
cities and towns in the region, along with their improved transport
links - including the landmark Qinghai-Tibet Railway which began
connecting the region by rail with the rest of the country in 2006.
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