President Xi Jinping says China to step up efforts in Tibet to fight ‘splittism’
By Ritika Nath
President of China, Xi Jinping, on Saturday, told the senior leaders and the state media that China must build an “impregnable fortress” to maintain stability in Tibet, protect national unity and educate the masses in the combat against “splittism.”
Tibet was colonized and China took control over the country in 1950 as described as a “peaceful liberation” that helped the remote Himalayan region throw off its past of “feudalism.” But the exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and his critics say that Beijing’s rule amounts to “cultural genocide.”
President Xi at a senior Communist Party meeting on Tibet’s future governance ending applauded all the achievements made and praised all the frontline officials, but he also asked them to put more efforts to enrich, rejuvenate and strengthen unity in the region.
Xi also said in the remarks published by the state news agency Xinhua that ideological and political education is needed to be strengthened in the schools of Tibet to “plant the seeds of loving China within the depths of the hearts of each youth.”
He also stated that China needs to intensify the role of the Communist Party in the territory and integrate better its ethnic group by pledging to build a “united, prosperous, civilised, harmonious and delightful new, modern, socialist Tibet.” He also added that Lamaism should adapt to socialism and therefore the Chinese conditions.
The US secretary of the state, Mike Pompeo stated in July that the United States will start restricting visas for some Chinese officials who are involved in blocking the diplomatic access to Tibet and who are engaging in “human rights abuses”, adding that Washington supported Tibet for “meaningful autonomy.”
China’s strategies towards Tibet have come under the spotlight again this year in between the country’s deteriorating relationship with the United States.