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Padma Choling, (alias Pema Thinley), the chairman of the Standing Committee of the People's Congress of the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) spoke both in Chinese and Tibetan language. It was a re-apparition after several months out of media sight.
It is Lobsang Gyatsen the Chairman of TAR who delivered the 'work report', in which the Party's 'achievements' for 2013 are listed.
Undoubtedly, the major announcement was the the decision to continue the railway line to the Indian border of Arunachal Pradesh (Nyingchi Prefecture of the TAR). I have already mention it.
Lobsang Gyaltsen listed his Government 'realizations':
- A 117-km highway linking Medog, the last roadless county in China which formally opened to traffic on October 31, 2013. It cost 155 million U.S. dollars. [and comes dangerous close to the Indian border - my comment].
- Financial support in agriculture reached 2.5 billion U.S. dollars. The region's grain output is 960,000 tons, vegetable production 800,000 tons
- Tibet saw 13 million tourists, 400,000 more than the goal set at the year’s beginning and 20 percent more than in 2012; tourism revenue was 2.5 billion U.S. dollars [Tibet is a good business proposition - my comment].
- Educational 'input' increased by 15%, with 3 secondary vocational schools and 209 kindergartens established and education subsidy standard raised.
Xinhua added: "Deputies expressed that they will work hard, blazed new trails, and made new greater contributions to the leapfrog development in economy and society of Tibet."
But the most important part of the annual performance was the Great Fashion Show put up by the deputies.
Take a look.
Of course, the fur dress is not politically very correct, but a show is a show.