The central government on Tuesday released a white paper on West China’s Tibet Autonomous Region, detailing its rapid progress over the past 60-plus years, the official Xinhua new agency reported. Titled “Development and Progress of Tibet”, the white paper released by the State Council’s Information Office said the per capita net income of farmers and herdsmen in the region had maintained double-digit growth over 10 straight years, reaching 5,719 yuan (US$944) in 2012, while the per capita disposable income of urban dwellers in the region was 18,028 yuan. Tibet’s gross regional product reached 70.1 billion yuan last year from 129 million yuan in 1951, marking an average annual growth of 8.5 percent. After a series of key historical stages including peaceful liberation, democratic reform, the establishment of the autonomous region and the reform and opening-up drive, the Tibetan people have gained freedom, equality and dignity, and are fully enjoying the fruits of modern civilization, the white paper said.
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