Diplomats, media professionals praise Tibet's economic, social development.

BEIJING -- A group of diplomats, international and local media, professionals, educationists and researchers recently visited China's Tibet (Xizang) Autonomous Region and witnessed its economic and social development.

The visit came ahead of the 2023 Forum on the Development of Xizang (Tibet) China in Beijing.

The international visitors, during their week-long tour, gathered in the city of Nyingchi in the southwest of Tibet to learn about how one local community is balancing green development with environmental protection.

Known as Tibet's Mother River, the Yarlung Zangbo River runs more than 500 kilometers on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, nurturing a rich culture. Along the water, Zhaxigang Village in Lulang Township draws travelers closer to nature.

The people in the area cut trees every year but follow regulations by planting new ones while no house is built on farmland. It's part of Tibetan culture that people need to respect and reverse nature.

During their stay in Nyingchi, the member of the delegation praised Tibet's efforts to balance development with environmental protection.

The delegation travelled to Lhasa, the capital of Tibet on a high-speed train where it was briefed that Tibet's local government has prioritized enhancing people's livelihoods as the foundation of its economic and social development.

Since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in 2012, over 80 percent of its annual fiscal revenue has been allocated for the improvement of people's livelihoods, and a comprehensive system for people's well-being encompassing education, healthcare and elderly care has been established.

In 2022, Tibet's gross domestic product soared to 213.26 billion yuan (about 30.3 billion U.S. dollars), a remarkable increase of over 1,650 times compared to that in 1951.

Notably, Tibet achieved record-breaking agricultural output last year, with grain production surpassing 1.07 million tonnes.

Significant advancements were also made in healthcare. The region boasted a commendable number of medical and health institution beds, reaching 5.49 per 1,000 people, while the number of health technicians per 1,000 people stood at 7.18 last year.

Moreover, the average life expectancy in Tibet rose from 35.5 years prior to the peaceful liberation to 72.19 years.

Education has been a key focus in Tibet, as the region successfully implemented a 15-year publicly funded education system covering kindergartens through high schools. Tibet has...

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