‘To fight attempts to undermine Tibet’s stability’

Marking the 60th anniversary of `peaceful liberation` of Tibet, China vowed to fight against `separatist` activities of the Dalai Lama.

Last Updated: Jul 19, 2011, 14:50 PM IST

Beijing: Marking the 60th anniversary of
"peaceful liberation" of Tibet, China on Tuesday vowed to fight
against "separatist" activities of the Dalai Lama and crush
any attempt to undermine stability in the region.

"We should fight against separatist activities by the
Dalai group, rely on cadres and people of all ethnic groups,
seek long-term policies and take measures that address the
root cause, and completely destroy any attempt to undermine
stability in Tibet and national unity of the motherland,",
Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping said.

Social stability provides the very basis for leapfrog
development and a prosperous life for people of all ethnic
groups in Tibet, Xi, who is widely expected to succeed
President Hu Jintao next year, said addressing a rally in
Lhasa celebrating the 60th anniversary since China
consolidated its authority over the remote Himalayan region.

The rally, which included a military parade and cultural
presentations, was held at the square opposite the famous
Potala Palace in the Tibetan provincial capital Lhasa, which
was the official residence of the Dalai Lama before he fled to
India in 1959.

Xi said people of all ethnic groups in Tibet have stood
firm in the fight against separatism.

"They have forestalled separatist and sabotage activities
staged by the Dalai group and foreign hostile forces, and
firmly safeguarded ethnic unity, social stability and national
unification," he said.

"Social stability provides the very basis for leapfrog
development and a prosperous life for people of all ethnic
groups in Tibet," he said.

PTI