50th Anniversary of Democratic Reforms in Tibet Exhibition
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Immeasurable contrast seen between past and present
   The large-scale "50th Anniversary of Democratic Reforms in Tibet Exhibition," depicting past and present Tibet, has opened in Beijing. This objective and factual exhibition, featuring strong contrasts, vividly demonstrates the darkness and backwardness of old Tibet.More>>
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 State Council Information Office

 United Front Work Department of the CPC Central Committee

 State Ethnic Affairs Commission

 Tibet Autonomous Region

 The Central Archives

 Xinhua News Agency

Co-Sponsored by

China Tibetan Studies Center

Exhibition Online  
In the mid-20th century, Tibet, the largest ethnic minority-dominant region in southwest China, still practiced feudal serfdom under the despotic theocratic rule of administrative officials, aristocrats and upper-ranking lamas.  
The peaceful liberation in May 1952 freed Tibetans from the fetters of imperialistic invasion to enter a new epoch. 【Detail】
Part I The Peaceful Liberation of Tibet

 Peaceful liberation of Tibet is a strategic decision of the CPC Central Committee and a key component of China's New-democratic Revolution. In 1951, the Central People's Government and the Local Government of Tibet signed The Method for the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet (also known as The 17-Article Agreement).【Detail】

·Unit One: Tibet has been an inalienable part of China since ancient times
·Unit Two: Tibetan society prior to the democratic reforms
·Unit Three: Peaceful Liberation of Tibet
·Unit Four: Polices and measures pursued by the central government while implementing and upholding The Agreement
·Unit Five: Democratic reform of Tibet was an inevitable requirement posed by historical development
Part II Crack Down on the Armed Rebellion

On March 10, 1959, reactionaries from the ruling class of Tibet staged an armed rebellion in flagrant contravention of the 17-Article Agreement, in an attempt to preserve the serfdom. In order to safeguard national unity and ethnic harmony, and free Tibetans thoroughly, the central government took the decision to "crack down on the armed rebellion, mobilize the masses, and implement democratic reforms".【Detail】

·Unit One: Secessionist activities carried out by the reactionary ruling class of Tibet
·Unit Two: Armed rebellion staged by the upper-class reactionaries of Tibet
·Unit Three: Crack down on armed rebellion
Part III Democratic reforms in Tibet

  The sweeping democratic reform movement abolished the decadent, dark, and backward theocratic system of feudal serfdom, and emancipated greatly productive forces. Moreover, one million serfs were thus no longer chattel for trade or barter, but became masters of their own destiny and the society.【Detail】

·Unit One: Policies on democratic reform
·Unit Two: Implementation of democratic reforms
·Unit Three: Emancipation of one million serfs
·Unit Four: Establishment of Tibet Autonomous Region
·Unit Five: Serfs' Emancipation Day - option of the history, festival of the people
Part IV Half a Century of Struggle between Reunification and Separation, Progress and Regress

  Democratic reforms in Tibet destroyed feudal serfdom under theocracy in Tibet. But since fleeing abroad in 1959, the Dalai clique, with the support of foreign anti-China forces, has been consistently conspiring incidents to impede Tibet's development, undermine the ethnic unity in Tibet, and split Tibet from China, with the aim of preserving serfdom and its privileged position.【Detail】

·Unit One: Conspiracy of the Dalai clique and western anti-China forces
·Unit Two: Appalling March 14 riot in Lhasa
·Unit Three: Violence found no support and separation doomed to fail
Part V Great achievements in Social and Economic Development, and in Human Rights

  Sweeping changes have taken place in Tibet over the past five decades since the democratic reform was launched 50 years ago. Tibet today witnesses economic growth, social progress, unity among people of all ethnic groups, reinforced border defence and effective protection and development of traditional Tibetan culture.【Detail】

·Unit One: The central government shows great concern with Tibet
·Unit Two: Nationwide support of Tibet
·Unit Three: Ethnic regional autonomy system ensures that people are masters of their destiny
·Unit Four: Economic and social leapfrog development lays a solid foundation for human rights progress
·Unit Five: Remarkable achievements made in cultural protection and development
·Unit Six: People enjoy a higher living standard
·Unit Seven: Scientific development, wonderful future
  History makes fair judgments.
  Over the past 50 years witnessing historical changes, Tibet has moved from a dark society to a brigh one, from a backward society to a progressive one, from poverty to prosperity, dictatorship to democracy, and seclusion to opening-up. History has proven that without the democratic reform, there would not have been the vigor of development of Tibetan society and that without the Communist Party, there would not have a socialist new Tibet. 【Detail】
 Stories of a real Tibet
·"Tremendous changes"

·"Common wish"

·"Beautiful life"

·Prospects of a bright future

·"Achievements for everyone to see"

·Impressions of my trip to Tibet

·Tibetan people are happy

·Tibetans live real joyful lives

·"The concept of harmony"
 White Papers
·Full Text of Speech By Hu Jintao at Tibet's Peaceful Liberation (2001)

·Ecological Improvement and Environmental Protection in Tibet(2003)

·The Development of Tibetan Culture (2000)

·Tibet's March Toward Modernization (2001)

·Regional Ethnic Autonomy in Tibet (2004)

·Protection and development of Tibetan culture
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