(TibetanReview.net, Aug22’19) – China’s top political advisor Wang Yang has on Aug 22 called for “more coordination in poverty relief, religious work and the fight against separatism”, reported China’s official Xinhua news agency. The report said Wang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, made the remarks during a research trip in Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) from Aug 19 to 21.
Reports from several parts of Tibet in the recent past have said the implementation programs to eliminate poverty have been subjected to the beneficiaries pledging loyalty to the Communist Party of China, the Chinese state, eulogising or even possibly worshipping top Chinese leaders and avowing the rejection of their exile spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. China aims to eliminate poverty by 2020 and the TAR has vowed to achieve this goal within this year.
The report cited Wang as saying that while notable progress has been made in the TAR’s poverty alleviation campaign more efforts should be made to sustain the achievements.
He has called on authorities to focus on “consolidating the poverty relief results, making efforts to prevent people from returning to poverty after being lifted out of it.”
Another Xinhua report had earlier, on Aug 21, cited You Quan, member of the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee and head of the United Front Work Department of the CPC Central Committee, as stressing the need for “greater efforts to boost ethnic solidarity and religious harmony, win the battle against poverty and promote the development of and stability in the Tibetan-inhabited areas”.
He was stare to have made his remarks “during an investigation and research tour in southwest China’s Sichuan Province” from Aug 19 to 21.
The report said “he visited communities, religious sites, and settlement sites of relocated poverty-stricken people, and talked with local people and officials during the tour to Chengdu, the provincial capital, and Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture.”