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Sep. 2008
April 28,2015   By:Chinahumanrights.org

Sep 25
The Information Office of China's State Council on Thursday issued a white paper titled "Protection and Development of Tibetan Culture". Over the past half century, and especially since the adoption of the reform and opening-up policies in 1978, the Chinese government has attached great importance to the protection and development of Tibetan culture. With great enthusiasm and a highly responsible attitude, and in accordance with the Constitution of the People's Republic of China and the Law on Ethnic Regional Autonomy, the Chinese government has dedicated a large amount of manpower, materials and funds to the protection and promotion of fine traditional Tibetan culture, and vigorously developed modern scientific, educational and cultural undertakings in Tibet, bringing about unprecedented protection and development of Tibetan culture.

This is the seventh white paper of Tibet released by the Chinese government. The paper comprised 13,000 words and 6 parts: Foreword; Learning, Use and Development of the Spoken and Written Tibetan Languages; Inheritance, Protection and Promotion of the Tibetan Cultural Heritage; Religious Beliefs and Native Customs Respected; All-round Development of Modern Science, Education and the Media and Conclusion.

Sep 26
The ceremony to start Lanyu Railway (Lanzhou-Chongqing) construction was held on September 26th on the north bank of the Yellow River in Lanzhou. It was said there were 13 state-assigned poverty-stricken counties along the railway route. Due to the limited environment and transportation situation, several counties, involving Minxian, Weiyuan, Dangchang, Linzhao and Zhuoni, are still poor counties that need aids from the state. In the future, Lanyu Railway will bring about new development opportunities to those counties. According to relevant figures, the area of counties along the railway route was 140,000 k㎡, 11.0% of the total area of Gansu province, Sichuan province and Chongqing city. Areas along the rail route are full of natural resources, mineral resources and tourist resources. Besides, the areas also have a large population of 36 million at total with 25.220 million tourists and 6.24 million local people working at other areas. Thus, after the new railway of Lanyu open to the public, the ability of self-development in these counties are enhanced and the poverty populations will become rich while making full use of the valuable natural and human resources along the railway.

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