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Tibet Development: International Symposium on Tibet held in Beijing
update:May 18,2021
May 18,2021 -- Experts and scholars from China and abroad gathered in Beijing for a symposium on the Tibet Autonomous Region. The event had the theme "Peace and Development". This year is the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Tibet. Huang Yue reports. 
Experts and scholars discussed four main topics at the symposium on Sunday – the social development of Tibet, the Himalayan regional coordination and cultural heritage, the ecological protection on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, and the Tibetan history and linguistics.
Organized by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the symposium is an important platform for academic communication, as more and more scholars focus their studies on Tibet.
PROFESSOR DING SAI Deputy Director, Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences "Tibet itself has unique features – it is a 'water tower' of the world, and it has great influence on the global climate and ecological environment. That's why more ecologists, climatologists, geographers and other scientists study Tibet."
Having studied the development of Tibet for years, Professor Ding says great changes have occurred in Tibet since 1951.
PROFESSOR DING SAI Deputy Director, Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences "Tibet is the only place in China where the whole region was set as a goal to shake off extreme poverty. In 2019, the region eliminated extreme poverty, which is a remarkable achievement. Tibetan people have also been enjoying the benefit of modernization, such as public services and infrastructure."
Professor Wu Xi says when reporting about Tibet, many foreign media have a biased perspective, especially when talking about human rights issues. However, the professor says the improvements of Tibetan people's lives, and the preservation of Tibetan culture, speak for the human rights protection in the region.
PROFESSOR WU XI Deputy Dean, Human Rights Institute, Southwest University of Political Science & Law "For example, the average life expectancy in Tibet was about 40 years old in 1951. But now, it has increased and is in line with most of the areas in the country, which is about 70 years old."
HUANG YUE Beijing "This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet. Over the past seven decades, the plateau region in southwest China has witnessed economic and social development, as well as progress in human rights. Experts and scholars say the study on Tibet will not only help the region continue to develop, but it's also important for the world to understand its progress. Huang Yue, CGTN, Beijing."

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