Wang Yang’s Visit to Tibet
August 28, 2018
Wang Yang made a visit to Tibet from August 24-26, in the capacity of the Chairman of the 13th Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee, and Member of PBSC. He visited Chamdo and Lhasa.
Wang stated that with Xi Jinping’s Socialism with Chinese Characteristic in the New Era as the guiding principle, all the TAR Officials should conscientiously implement the General Secretary and the Party’s strategy of managing Tibet and Tibet affairs, also to closely focus on safeguarding the ‘Motherland’s reunification’, vanguard and oppose splittism/separatism, to strengthen national unity and to focus on improving the livelihood of people. Wang also upheld the importance of alleviating poverty; keeping the pace of building a well-off society (time frame 2020), deepen anti-separatist movements, creating innovative but effective Temple/monastic Management and fostering long-term stability.
The first place of visit for Wang’s weekend trip to Tibet was Chamdo wherein he visited the home of the ‘Best Poverty Alleviated Family,’ spoke with the family members, cheered a glass of beer with the head of the family, and spent some time with the family. His next stop in Chamdo was a cow breeding centre and a grassland pastoral area.
On 26th August, he visited Sera Monastery, which is one of the “three great” Gelug university monasteries of Tibet, located 1.25 miles north of Lhasa and about 5 km north of the Jokhang, also happened to be one of the hotbeds of the 2008 Pan-Tibet Uprising. He met Monastery Cadres and emphasized on how important religion and religious activities are to social and long-term stability in Tibet. He further added metaphorically that the monks should always be prepared for ‘menace’ and ‘rain’ and one must uphold/follow the ‘guiding principles’ of the Party’s religious works and promote adaption of Tibetan Buddhism to socialist society. Wang also highlighted on affiliating and supporting the party’s leadership, fighting against the forces of splittism, instilling patriotism, safeguarding unity of the motherland, and social stability. Consolidation of temple cadres, bolstering internal management and building of ‘effective’ teaching pedagogics in the monastery, strictly abiding by the religious laws and importance of paving ways for a healthy development of Tibetan Buddhism were his concluding remarks at the monastery. He also a visited and sat in a ‘Young Tulku’s’ Class in the monastery. Tulkus are believed to be the reincarnated lamas/monks. He was accompanied by TAR Party Secretary Wu Yingjie, Chairman of TAR People’s Government, Qizhala/Chedak la.[PDF]