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Hu highlights Tibet's importance

China has made plans to achieve leapfrog development and lasting stability in the Tibet Autonomous Region in a bid to ensure the nation's development as a whole, according to a high-level meeting.

President Hu Jintao and other senior leaders attending the fifth meeting on the work of Tibet agreed that more efforts must be made to greatly improve living standards of the people in Tibet, as well as ethnic unity and stability.

In his speech, Hu attached great importance to the work of Tibet, saying it was a pressing task in building a well-off society in an all-round way, establishing a national ecological protective screen and realizing sustainable development.

The work was also vital to ethnic unity, social stability and national security, as well as a favorable international environment, he added.

He urged all Party members to further realize the strategic significance and pressing needs of Tibet.

During the meeting, senior leaders also laid out plans to develop Tibetan-inhabited areas in Sichuan, Yunnan, Gansu and Qinghai provinces.

Since 2001, when the fourth meeting on the work of Tibet was held, Tibet has made notable achievements in its economy, environmental protection and people's livelihoods, among others.

Ethnic unity had been enhanced and major successes achieved in the fight against separatist activities, the president said.

The Party's policies towards Tibet in the new era were correct, suited to the national condition, Tibet's actual conditions and the fundamental interests of people of all ethnic groups in Tibet, he said.

With the arduous endeavor made in the past 50 years, especially after the launch of reform and opening policy in 1978, Tibet has became better off but still faced challenges.

Hu said the principal contradiction for Tibet, as for the country as a whole, remained between the ever-growing material and cultural needs of the people and the backwardnesss of social production.

However, Tibet faces a "special contradiction" between people of all ethnic groups and the separatist forces led by the Dalai clique.

These contradictions had made leapfrog development and lasting stability major themes of the work of Tibet, the president said.


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