Speaking at the 2-day Seventh Central Work Conference on Tibet in Beijing on August 29-30, Chinese President Xi Jinping called for efforts to build a new modern socialist Tibet. He underlined the need to fully implement the CCP's policies on governing Tibet for a new era and  called for 'efforts to ensure national security and enduring peace and stability, steadily improve people's lives, maintain a good environment, solidify border defense and ensure frontier security'. He said 'Efforts must be made to build a new modern socialist Tibet that is united, prosperous, culturally advanced, harmonious and beautiful'. Xi Jinping recounted that since the sixth symposium in 2015, Tibet has made comprehensive progress and historic achievements in its various undertakings and had achieved sustained stability and rapid development in Tibet making a major contribution to the overall work of the Party and the state. He said since the 18th CPC National Congress in 2012, policies on governing Tibet for a new era have taken shape, stressing that the CCP leadership, the system of socialism with Chinese characteristics and the system of regional ethnic autonomy must be upheld to carry out work related to Tibet. He asserted that work related to Tibet must focus on safeguarding national unity and strengthening ethnic solidarity. More education and guidance should be provided for the public to mobilize their participation in combating separatist activities, thus forging an ironclad shield to safeguard stability. Xi Jinping also stressed that patriotism should be incorporated into the whole process of education in all schools. He called for continuous efforts to enhance recognition of the great motherland, the Chinese nation, the Chinese culture, the CCP and socialism with Chinese characteristics by people of all ethnic groups and said Tibetan Buddhism should be guided in adapting to the socialist society and should be developed in the Chinese context.  Xi Jinping stressed the need for more work, measures and support are needed to consolidate the achievements made in poverty alleviation. He said a number of major infrastructure projects and public service facilities will be completed, including the Sichuan-Tibet Railway. Stressing the importance of further scientific research on the Tibetan Plateau, Xi Jinping described conserving the ecology of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau as the greatest contribution to the survival and development of the Chinese nation. Commenting on building the Party in Tibet, Xi Jinping instructed that there is need to strengthen the building of leadership teams at all levels, cadre teams and primary-level Party organizations in order to improve the capacity to respond to major struggles and prevent major risks. Cadres and workers in Tibet should be cared for and supporting policies regarding their income, housing, medical care and retirement, as well as education for their children, should be further improved and well implemented. He emphasised long-term commitment to the CCP Central Committee's policy to ensure Tibet has support from the central authorities and assistance from the whole country adding that continued and increasing support will be offered to Sichuan, Yunnan, Gansu and Qinghai provinces in their Tibet-related work.  Chinese Premier Li Keqiang presided over the conference. He called Xi Jinping's speech at the conference as "a guiding document on Tibet-related work in a new era". CPPCC Chairman Wang Yang summed up the proceedings of the conference. PBSC members Li Zhanshu, Wang Huning, Zhao Leji and Han Zheng attended.   

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