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Date:
Feb. 24th,2009 - April 10th,2009
Place:
Cultural Palace of Nationalities

Tour guide: exhibition helps public know Tibet better

·Exhibition on Tibet receives 320,000 visitors
·The exhibition still popular among visitors
·Exhibit on Tibet draws people from all walks of life
·Tibet exhibition closing time delayed
·200,000 visitors attend exhibition on Tibet
·President praises Tibet development, hails democratic ref...
·Exhibition dispells foreign ambassadors' misconception ab...
·Tibet exhibition still hot in Beijing
·Beijing-based foreign journalists visit Tibet exhibition
·Exhibition about Tibet popular among visitors
·How was the 17-Article Agreement signed
·11th Panchen Lama visits exhibition on Tibet´s democratic...
·Students attracted by exhibition about Tibet
·Panchen Lama promises to maintain stability in Tibet

Sponsors
State Council Information Office
United Front Work Department of the CPC Central Committee
State Ethnic Affairs Commission
Tibet Autonomous Region
The Central Archives
Xinhua News Agency

Co-Sponsored by
China Tibetan Studies Center

Organizers
Cultural Palace of Nationalities
Tibet Exhibition Centre

Exhibition Online
Preface

In mid 20th Century Tibet, the largest ethnic minority-ruled region in China' s southwest, was still a feudal serfdom under the despotic theocratic rule of officials, lamas and nobles.
The peaceful liberation in May 1951 freed Tibetans from the fetters of imperialistic encroachment to enter a new epoch. Certain members of the ruling class, however, were unwilling to acknowledge the trend of historical development and dreamed to preserve serfdom. In March 1959 they started an armed rebellion intended to fragment the country. The central government, under the approbation and support of the Tibetan people, took decisive measures to disbanded local government of old Tibet and suppress the rebels and at the same time carryout democratic reforms in Tibet...

Part I The Peaceful Liberation of Tibet

Peaceful liberating Tibet is a key component of China' s New Democratic Revolution and a crucial decision made by the CPC Central Committee. In 1951 the Chinese central government and the then Tibet local government signed the 17-Article Agreement, and went on to peacefully liberate Tibet. The move freed Tibet from the fetters of imperialistic encroachment and the state of stagnancy and impoverishment, and laid the ground for democratic reform and development in the region.

         
Part II Crack-down on the Armed Rebellion

On March 10, 1959, reactionaries among the ruling elite of Tibet staged an armed rebellion centered on Lhasa in flagrant contravention of the 17- Article Agreement. To defend the unity of the nation and its people and to free Tibetan people once and for all, the central government took the decision to “thoroughly quell the rebellion, fully mobilize the masses and implement democratic reform.”...

         
Part III Democratic Reform in Tibet

Extensive democratic reforms banished the obsolete and corrupt theocratic system of feudal serfdom, and emancipated productivity. Millions of serfs and slaves in the region were thus no longer chattel for trade and barter, but masters of their own fate and of the nation. The Tibet Autonomous Region was formally established in September 1965, marking an epoch-making change in Tibetan history and great progress in China' s human rights.

         
Part IV Half a Century of Conflict:Reunification & Separation,Progress & Regress

Democratic reforms ended feudal serfdom under the Tibet theocracy. But since fleeing to an overseas exile in 1959, the Dalai Lama clique has been unwavering in its intent to reinstate serfdom in Tibet and its privileged position within it. It has, with the support of western anti-Chinese forces, persistently conspired to incite incidents that hinder development and destroy ethnic unity, and separate Tibet from China. The conflict between reunification and separation, progress and regress has hence continued for the past 50 years.

         
Part V Social and Economic Development and Achievements in Human Rights

During the 50 years since the democratic reform Tibet has undergone great changes with each passing day, and created miracles one after another. Tibet today has achieved economic development, social progress, strong border defense and ethnic unity while preserving the region’s traditional culture. People of all ethnic groups in Tibet enjoy full freedom of religious belief and a steadily rising living standard. In tandem with economic, political, social and cultural development, the human rights cause of Tibet has made remarkable progress in an all-around way.

         
Conclusion

History Makes Fair Judgments.
During 50 years of development, Tibet has moved from darkness to light, poverty to affluence, dictatorship to democracy and seclusion to opening-up,. History has eloquently proven democratic reform as the impetus for development in Tibet, and CPC leadership as the path to socialism in the region. It was only under the leadership of the Communist Party of China, in the embrace of the motherland and by treading the socialist road of regional ethnic autonomy with Chinese and Tibetan characteristics that it was possible for people of all ethnic groups in Tibet to

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