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13:54 Sep 12 2009

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Reporters from several countries praise achievements of China's autonomous regions
13:53, September 12, 2009  

Foreign reporters visited the exhibition of the achievements of China's autonomous regions with different perspectives.

On September 9, resident foreign reporters in Beijing visited an exhibition at the Cultural Palace of Nationalities about the achievements of China's autonomous regions of Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang, Guangxi, Ningxia and Tibet.

During the visit to the Tibet exhibition area, Anthony Kuhn, reporter for the US-based National Public Radio (NPR), said that the exhibition and on-site expert consultations not only gave him a better understanding of Tibet, but they were also very helpful for his future interviews in Tibet.

During the interview with these foreign reporters, it was discovered that most of them at the exhibition have ever been to China's autonomous regions and have direct knowledge of the situations there. So they came to the exhibition with different perspectives.

A reporter from the German-based Leipziger Volkszeitung was very concerned about the Xinjiang and Tibet autonomous regions. She took away several DVDs distributed at the exhibition, such as "The Truth of the July 5 Incident in Urumqi," "People in religious circles talk about the July 5 incident in Urumqi" and "People of Xinjiang" as well as books about Tibet's scenery and customs and about old and new Tibet.

Head of Beijing office of the Portuguese News Agency Lusa, stood for a long time at the exhibition area of Guangxi. He carefully looked at the achievements made by the Guangxi Autonomous Region in terms of cultural prosperity, industrial revitalization and ethnic unity, and wrote on the visitor's book: I give my best wishes to the people of Guangxi.

Kuhn from the NPR was most interested in the exhibition areas of Tibet and Xinjiang. In July, Kuhn went to Xinjiang to report on the July 5 incident in Urumqi. He is satisfied with the Xinjiang foreign affairs departments' attitude toward foreign media agencies. He added that during his interview in Xinjiang, the Foreign Affairs Office of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region organized the opportunity for reporters to view the protests on the streets. In his view, foreign affairs departments of the Chinese government have put in place very good regulations and rules for interviews by foreign reporters.

After seeing the exhibition about the achievements of Xinjiang, Kuhn started to return to his role as a reporter. He interviewed Aibibula Abudushalamu, director of the Ethnic Literature Research Institute under the Xinjiang Academy of Social Science, and asked him questions about development in South and North Xinjiang.

While watching the exhibition on the achievements of Tibet, Kuhn asked the exhibit director difficult questions about the exhibit. The exhibit director Lu Yan said that, "Tibet is gradually realizing the goal of 'all people with access to housing.' The low-income housing project for farmers and herdsmen has been carried out since 2006. The target is to make 80 percent of the farmers and herdsmen live in safe and affordable houses and will be met in 2009, one year ahead of schedule. The remark attracted the interest of Kuhn very much. He asked the exhibit director, "How was the 80 percent data calculated? Is that the ultimate goal?"

The exhibit director timely invited an expert to answer the question. The expert, named Zhan Dui, is from the Department of Culture of the Tibet Autonomous Region. Zhan said, "Tibet originally planned to make 80 percent of the farmers and herdsmen live in newly-built houses in five years. However, with great efforts, we can complete this task at the end of 2009, ahead of schedule. Our ultimate goal is indeed 100 percent, but it is hard to achieve it in our initial efforts. There are still a lot of nomads in Tibet, and their traditional life style is hard to change in a short period of time. According to the principle of free will, the government is seeking to make them gradually adapt to the modern life style through education and publicity."

Kuhn also asked questions about the settlement of the nomads, and Zhan explained, "For nomad families, the surplus members of a nomad family, such as the older people, could settle down, and the young and strong labors could continue to carry their nomadic lives. Settlement didn't change their traditional life, and many common people also think settlement is good for them to enjoy life. So, many people have voluntarily applied to settle down."

Hearing the answers, Kuhn said he was quite satisfied. "Now, I have known more about Tibet, and it will be a great help for me when I carry out interviews in Tibet in the future."

By People's Daily Online

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