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China's President Xi calls for 'impregnable fortress' in Tibet

Iran Press TV

Sunday, 30 August 2020 8:32 AM

Chinese President Xi Jinping has called on senior leaders to build an "impregnable fortress" to maintain stability and national unity in Tibet, in an effort to build a "united, prosperous" community in the remote Himalayan region.

Xi told a senior Communist Party meeting that more efforts were needed to "plant the seeds of loving China in the depths of the hearts of every youth," in Tibet.

The president pledged to build a "united, prosperous, civilized, harmonious and beautiful new, modern, socialist Tibet."

Xi said Tibetan Buddhism also needed to adapt to socialism and to Chinese conditions.

China seized control over the Himalayan region in 1950. Tibet, officially referred to as the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), is devoted to Buddhism.

Its spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, fled into exile in India following a failed 1959 Tibetan revolt against Chinese rule.

Tibet shares borders with India, Bhutan and Nepal.

Back in July, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States supported "meaningful autonomy" for Tibet.

He also said that Washington would restrict visas for some Chinese officials involved in blocking diplomatic access to Tibet and engaging in "human rights abuses."

China has repeatedly warned the US against meddling in its internal affairs.

Washington has the same stance toward other Chinese territories including Taiwan, Hong Kong and the northwestern region of Xinjiang, which is home to the ethnic minority of Uighurs.

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