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China’s minority affairs boss emphasizes ‘sinicization’ of religion during Tibet tour

China's top political advisor Mr Wang Yang visits the Tibet Buddhist Theological Institute, in Tibet on Aug. 26, 2018. (Photo courtesy: Xinhua)
China’s top political advisor Mr Wang Yang visits the Tibet Buddhist Theological Institute, in Tibet on Aug. 26, 2018. (Photo courtesy: Xinhua)

(TibetanReview.net, Aug27, 2018) – Visiting Tibet autonomous Region from Aug 24 to 26, China’s top political advisor Mr Wang Yang has called for advancing anti-separatism efforts and more efforts to better integrate Tibetan Buddhism into the socialist society, reported China’s official Xinhua news agency Aug 26. He has called for adherence to the Party’s basic principles in the work and the direction of the “sinicization” of religions in China.

Wang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and chairman of the 13th Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee, has said the work regarding religious affairs was significant to the social stability and prosperity of Tibet in the long term and called for preparedness and precautions for danger in times of safety. He has urged improved and innovative temple management for this purpose.

He has told the people in the religious circle to firmly uphold the leadership of the CPC, inherit and promote patriotism, and be courageous to battle all separatist elements in order to further protect the national reunification, ethnic unity and social stability.

Wang has also called for better cultivation of talent in religious work and better conduct and management within the religious circle so as to push forward the healthy development of Tibetan Buddhism.

He has called for more efforts to advance targeted poverty relief and accelerate the paces of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects. Winning the tough battle of eliminating poverty in Tibet is of great significance to people’s well-being and ethnic solidarity, he was cited as saying.

Wang has also called for combining poverty relief with ecological protection, saying ecological relocation work in high-altitude mountainous areas should be proceeded with steadily and in an orderly manner.

Photos show what were stated to be Wang holding a symposium at the Sera Monastery in Lhasa on Aug 25, holding hand with a local herdsman on Aug 25, visiting the Tibet Buddhist Theological Institute on Aug 26, and visiting a standardized cow breeding base in Qamdo (Tibetan: Chamdo) on Aug 24.

Earlier, during his Jul 25-27 visit, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang vowed to continue to boost infrastructure spending to improve the TAR’s economy while calling on its Buddhist leaders to defend ethnic unity.

Li was reported to have visited the site for the construction of a major tunnel for a new railway link between the TAR with Sichuan Province, as well as the capital Lhasa and the southern prefectures of Nyingtri (Chinese: Nyingtri) and Lhoka (Shannan).

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