How old is this lovely man, who has a 8 yr old son?
I stole the following from some Chinese government stat machine. I am not pro China but I could not imagine governing such a diverse country without knocking some heads. I am sure these stats are inflated to give the government a rosey picture. In 1990, the Tibetan male life expectancy average was 59 years. And now... please read. Somewhere between the truth lies.
"The Tibetan people are real beneficiaries," he stressed, citing figures of Tibet's development to refute the Dalai Lama's claim that the benefits of Tibet's development has been taken away by Han people and "cultural genocide."
"The Dalai Lama's claims are lies to instigate antagonism between various ethnic groups and to cheat the international community," he said.
Tibet has registered an annual gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate of over 12 percent for seven consecutive years. In 2007, the region's GDP reached 34.2 billion yuan (about 4.88 billion U.S. dollars) with 12,000 yuan per capita, he said at a news conference. In the past five years, the central government has subsidized Tibet with 94.7 billion yuan and invested 60.1 billion in infrastructure construction, he added.
Currently, the average life expectancy of people in Tibet has increased to 67 from 35.5 in the 1950s. He stressed the total population of Tibetans has risen to 2.5 million, accounting for 95 percent of total regional population, from 1.2 million in 1964.
By the end of 2007, 612 townships had been connected by roads, accounting for 89.6 percent of all townships in the Tibet Autonomous Region, and all townships had been linked with telephones. The government also took measures to solve the drinking water problems and ensured safe drinking water for 1.02 million farmers and herdsmen. The average income of farmers and herdsmen reached 2,788 yuan last year after maintaining a double-digit growth rate for five straight years, he said.
Until now, over 110,000 households with 590,000 farmers and herdsmen have moved into new houses since the Tibetan regional government has launched a program in 2006 to build homes for 220,000 local farming and herding households by 2010.
Tibet also took the lead in adopting a free nine-year compulsory education system, both in rural and urban areas. About 230,000 needy farmers and herdsmen with an annual income lower than 800 yuan are all covered by the minimum living allowance system, he said. In the past 20 years, the government has invested over 700 million yuan to renovate monasteries and cultural relics.
He said "after the March 14 riots in Lhasa, the various ethnic groups in Tibet will have a deeper understanding that stability will bring them fortune while turbulence will only bring them misfortune."
"The Dalai clique's attempts to seek Tibetan independence through disruption of the Beijing Olympics is doomed to fail," he stressed.
"No matter what happened, our determination to safeguard unification of the motherland, unity of various ethnic groups and social stability will remain unchanged," he said, stressing "nothing can shake this stance and determination."
He said that after the March 14 riot, Tibetan autonomous region and Lhasa municipal government have taken measures to aid the 380 injured civilians. The government also offered a special subsidy for the 18 families that lost a life in the riot. Public facilities, including electricity and communication that were sabotaged by the separatists, were quickly restored.
The life in Lhasa is back to normal. Students now attend classes; shops open for business and places of interests, such as Potala Palace and museums are open for the tourists. Also, the market supply is plenty and prices are stable.