CPC official for deepening fight against Dalai Lama

Beijing: A top Chinese official has asked officials in Tibet to deepen the "fight" against exiled spiritual leader Dalai Lama by improving social management and stepping up economic growth in the region.

The fight against the Dalai Lama clique must be continued and deepened while each task in maintaining stability must be circumspectly deployed, Jia Qinglin, the fourth ranking leader of the Communist Party of China, (CPC) told the Tibetan officials.

Jia said issues related to Tibetan Buddhism must be handled well, and government-backed mechanisms that safeguard people`s rights and interests must be strengthened and improved, official Xinhua reported today.

Enhanced ethnic unity, improved social management, and social harmony and stability were prerequisites of economic growth and people`s well-being, Jia, Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People`s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) said addressing a meeting on Tibet and other Tibetan-inhabited areas.

The two-day meeting, which opened Wednesday, was attended by senior officials of central government departments and the five regions.

Jia said that raising the living standards of the people, especially farmers and nomads, in Tibet and the other Tibetan-inhabited areas was a central task and plans must be made for leapfrog development in these areas in the next five years and beyond.

Jia said greater efforts must be paid to comprehensively strengthen and improve partner-aid programs to these areas.