High-level Forum on Tibetan Culture Opens in Beijing
07-24-2018    Xinhua
<DIV align=center><STRONG><BR>Liu Yandong</STRONG><BR></DIV>

<DIV align=left><BR><SPAN lang=EN-US>Xinhua, October 10, 2006</SPAN></DIV>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Beijing</SPAN></st1:City><SPAN lang=EN-US>, <st1:country-region w:st="on">China</st1:country-region> -- A high-level forum on the preservation and development of Tibetan culture opened in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Beijing</st1:place></st1:City> on Tuesday.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Addressing the forum, Liu Yandong, head of the United Front Work Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, referred to Tibetan culture as "a bright pearl in the treasure house of Chinese culture and a rare blossom in the history of human civilization".</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>"Tibetan culture reflects the unique scenery and social history of <st1:country-region w:st="on">Tibet</st1:country-region> and demonstrates how <st1:country-region w:st="on">Tibet</st1:country-region> has been influenced by other ethnic groups in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">China</st1:country-region></st1:place>," said Liu.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>"It shows that since ancient times, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Tibet</st1:country-region></st1:place> has been an inalienable part of Chinese territory," she added.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The preservation and development of Tibetan culture, she said, is an important part of building an advanced socialist culture with Chinese characteristics and the Chinese government can not shirk from this responsibility.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Liu said the government has done a lot to protect and develop Tibetan culture, which conforms with the fundamental interests of all the ethnic groups in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Tibet</st1:country-region></st1:place> and the Chinese nation as a whole.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>"We should respect history while researching Tibetan culture and we need to explore further the different ethnic groups in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Tibet</st1:country-region></st1:place>," Liu said.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><st1:country-region w:st="on"><SPAN lang=EN-US>China</SPAN></st1:country-region><SPAN lang=EN-US> has invested about 700 million yuan (87.5 million U.S. dollars) since the 1980s to renovate Tibetan temples including the <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Potala</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Palace</st1:PlaceType>, Norbulingka, the <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Sakya</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Temple</st1:PlaceType> and the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Jokhang</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Temple</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>. More than 1,700 temples and monasteries have been restored and reopened since 1949.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Currently, <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Tibet</st1:place></st1:country-region> has 1,787 religious sites, 46,000 monks and nuns and 358 living Buddhas. Six religious sites including the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Potala</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Palace</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> have been listed as key national or regional cultural protection relics which enjoy special government support.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on"><SPAN lang=EN-US>China</SPAN></st1:country-region></st1:place><SPAN lang=EN-US> has paid great attention to the role of culture in Tibetan development and greatly enhanced the protection of Tibetan traditional arts and religious cultural entities, said Lai Shianglung, a former senior UN official for social and economic affairs.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The forum, which will run until October 19, has drawn about 120 scholars, experts and celebrities from around the world. It will be held in <st1:City w:st="on">Beijing</st1:City> on Tuesday and Wednesday before moving to <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Tibet</st1:place></st1:country-region>.</SPAN></P>
Editor: Wang Xinyu
   
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