Xi tells Tibetan herders to protect Chinese territory near Arunachal border
President Xi Jinping told the herding family from Lhunze County, near the Himalayas in southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region, to set down roots in the border area, safeguard “Chinese territory” and develop their hometown.Updated: Oct 29, 2017 20:38 IST
Hindustan Times, Beijing
President Xi Jinping has urged Tibetan herdsmen staying along the border with Arunachal Pradesh to “set down roots” and safeguard “Chinese territory”.
Responding to a letter from a family of Tibetan herders, Xi said it was important to develop their remote hometown in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) and keep it secure. China claims Arunachal Pradesh as southern Tibet, part of TAR.
Two girls from a Tibetan family — Zhoigar and Yangzom — reportedly wrote Xi a letter while the recently-concluded 19th national congress of the Communist Party of China was in session in Beijing. In their letter, they shared their experiences in safeguarding the border area and the development of their township over the years. The family is based in Yumai, China’s smallest town in terms of population, which sits at the southern foot of the Himalayas.
“Chinese President Xi Jinping has encouraged a herding family in Lhunze County, near the Himalayas in southwest China’s TAR to set down roots in the border area, safeguard the Chinese territory and develop their hometown,” official news agency Xinhua quoted Xi as saying.
He acknowledged the family’s efforts to safeguard the territory, and thanked them for the loyalty and contributions they have made in the border area. “Without the peace in the territory, there will be no peaceful lives for the millions of families,” he wrote.
Xi said he hoped “that the family would motivate more herders to set down roots in the border area like galsang flowers and become guardians of the Chinese territory and constructors of a happy hometown”.
“Moreover, fresh off the 19th CPC National Congress, Xi told the family that the Party would continue to lead people of all ethnic groups towards better lives,” the Xinhua report said.
Xi has emerged as the most powerful Chinese leaders in the last three decades at the end of the key congress that concluded in Beijing last week. The CPC adopted his political doctrine in its constitution by his name, elevating him to the level of iconic Chinese leaders Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping.
First Published: Oct 29, 2017 16:54 IST