The Chinese central government allocated an accumulative investment of 1.63 trillion yuan (about 253 billion U.S. dollars) in the 70 years after the peaceful liberation of Tibet, said Wu Yingjie. The southwestern autonomous region also received a total of 69.3 billion yuan of funds from other provincial and municipal governments in recent years, Wu said at a press conference on the economic and social development of Tibet on May 23.
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The Agreement of the Central People’s Government and the Local Government of Tibet on Measures for the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet, also known as the 17-Article Agreement, was signed in Beijing seven decades ago, leading to the peaceful liberation of Tibet. With access to the outside world, the newly liberated Tibetan people became aware of how isolated and backward Tibet was during the feudal rule. Eight years after the peaceful liberation of Tibet in 1951, people from all walks of life, thanks to the removal of the social system that once imprisoned them, started venturing out of the region.
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