VIENNA, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- The two-day forum on Tibet's development has helped people understand more about the ongoing developments in the autonomous region of China, and will definitely promote its development, a senior Chinese official said here Friday.
"The event has been very successful, very meaningful and fruitful," Qian Xiaoqian, deputy director of the State Council Information Office of China, said at the closing of "the First Forum on the Development of Tibet, China."
Delegates from China's Tibet Autonomous Region and Austria's Gussing sign a deal on establishing friendship city ties between Gussing, Austria, and Bayi of China's Tibet in Vienna, Nov. 30, 2007. (Xinhua Photo)
Participants discussed a variety of topics and agreed on several points, said Qian.
The successful forum in Vienna will serve as a good beginning for such events in future, he added.
Franz Loschnak, president of the Organization to Support the Austrian and Chinese Economic Cooperation, one of the main sponsors from the Austrian side, also hailed the forum a "great success."
Through the event, participants knew better about the real and rapid progress in Tibet, he said.
"After attending the forum, most of the participants, who have not yet visited Tibet, feel like they have been to Tibet," said Loschnak, a former Austrian interior minister.
He added that the forum had also enhanced mutual understanding between the people of Tibet and the rest of the world through exchanges of views and information.
Earlier, a statement issued at the close of the forum urged the international community to adopt a more objective approach toward China's Tibet Autonomous Region and its development.
Participants of the forum called on the international community to deepen its understanding of Tibet and grasp precious opportunities to join hands with Tibet for common development, said the statement.
The participants agreed that during Tibet's development, great importance must be attached to the protection of traditional culture and the environment, and the development of education and science and technology, said the statement.
They also spoke highly of the efforts by China's central government to modernize Tibet, and were deeply impressed by the remarkable achievements in development made by the Tibet Autonomous Region, it added.
"The First Forum on the Development of Tibet, China" close in Vienna, Austria, Nov. 30, 2007. The forum is focusing on discussions on Tibet's development mode, Tibetology research and development, its cultural development and relics protection, education and Tibetan medicine. (Xinhua Photo)
According to the statement, similar forums on Tibet are being planned in the coming years.
The forum, opened Thursday, was jointly sponsored by the State Council Information Office of China, the Chinese embassy in Austria, the permanent mission of China to the United Nations and other international and Australian organizations in Vienna.
The forum drew some 200 participants from China, Austria, India, South Korea and several other European countries such as Germany, Norway, Bulgaria and Greece as well as international organizations such as the UN Industrial Development Organization.
The forum's main theme was to promote mutual understanding between China's Tibet and the rest of the world.
Nyima Tsering, vice chairman of the Tibet Autonomous Region of China, said Thursday at the opening of the forum that Tibet will further open up to the outside world and attract more foreign direct investment while promoting ecological and environmental protection.
He said Tibet would work hard to develop an open economy and promote regional economic and trade cooperation on different levels and by various means, especially with southern Asian countries, in the wake of the launch of the Qinghai-Tibet Railway.
According to the senior Tibetan leader, Tibet is in its best period of stability and development with unprecedented high levels of economic and social development.
He encouraged people around the world to visit Tibet more instead of listening to "untrue" and "unfriendly" reports about the region.
"Tibet is a place where people live happily and a beautiful tourist resort," he said. "I believe a fast-growing and new Tibet will leave every visitor an unforgettable memory."