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National Aid Program for Tibet March 16, 2018

National Aid Program for Tibet

The Chinese government has been implementing a special aid program for Tibet in order to help this border region achieve step change. After the peaceful liberation of Tibet in 1951, the central government developed a series of special policies and measures to support development efforts in Tibet, and encouraged relatively developed provinces and cities to join the endeavor. In the 1980s, the central leadership gave priority in its ethnic initiatives to accelerating progress in Tibet on the basis of ethnic equality. Following the Second Central Conference on Tibet in 1984, a nationwide aid campaign was launched, and financial aid increased annually. A major decision on division of responsibility among other provinces and cities and central government agencies in implementing aid projects was made at the Third Central Conference on Tibet in 1994, which called for dispatching groups of personnel to provide needed support and expertise there on a rotating basis. This gave a further boost to the aid campaign. These aid-assisted projects have helped improve urban infrastructure, medical services, public health, education, and environmental protection, and promote the development of sports and culture, leading to significant improvement in the well-being of the Tibetan people