Special report: Tibet: Its Past and Present
SYDNEY, July 24 (Xinhua) -- A Tibetan professor said
here on Thursday the incident that took place on March 14 would not result in a
policy change towards Tibet from the Chinese government.
The Chinese government will continue its support to
Tibet to keep the peace and stability in the autonomous region, said Professor
Sherap Nyima, head of the Chinese Tibetan delegation now on a visit in
"The Chinese government will provide 170 billion yuan
to Tibet during the period of the 11th Five-Year Plan (2006-2010) to improve
social life and infrastructure there," Nyima said at a Tibetology seminar in the
New South Wales Parliament House.
The seminar was attended by NSW members of
parliament, representatives from the Chinese community in Sydney and local
Tibet has undertaken great changes in the past few
decades, said Nyima, who is the Vice-President of the Central University of
Nationalities of China, adding that the average annual income of the Tibetans
increased to around 10,000 yuan in 2007 from 241 yuanin 1965 and the average
life expectancy almost doubled in the pastfive decades.
Professor Tseyang Changngo, a member of the
delegation and Vice President of the Tibet University in Lhasa, also said the
Chinese government has spent lots of money and exerted great efforts in cultural
protection in the region.
"I teach Tibetan history and women and gender studies
in Tibetan language at my university. Tibetan language is also taught in primary
and middle schools in Tibet. We Tibetans can even have Microsoft office software
in Tibetan language and can send mobile messages in Tibetan language," she said.
At the seminar, Nyima also refuted criticisms that
the Chinese government tried to change the demographic composition of Tibet by
sending a large number of Han Chinese into the region. The real situation is
totally different, he said.
"There are 2.8 million people in Tibet, of which Han
Chinese only account for five percent and the Tibetans 92 percent. Moreover,
Tibet is part of China and why the Hans are not allowed to come and help
Tibetans build a better Tibet?" the professor asked.
Nyima said many people outside China know little
about Tibet because they have never visited the place and are misled by Dalai
Lama and a few foreign media with ulterior motives.
"I come here hoping to communicate directly with you
and tell you the real truth about Tibet. I hope more people will visit Tibet
from Australia and more Tibetan scholars will come here to exchange ideas with
you," he said.
The seminar was organized by the Australian Council
for the Promotion of Peaceful Reunification of China.
The Tibetan delegation arrived here on Wednesday and
will visit Canberra and Melbourne before leaving for New Zealand.