Chen Quanguo, the Communist Party chief in Tibet, has called for tighter real-name registration requirements for internet and mobile phone usage, and greater supervision of internet, saying this would help ensure the “absolute security of Tibet’s ideology and culture”.
The remarks were made in a statement issued by his office on China.com.cn on February 15.
In the statement, Chen also called for comprehensive development of Tibet’s services sector. This meant accelerating the construction of libraries, performance halls, cinemas, cultural centres, Xinhua bookstores, folk art troupes, and township or farm cultural centres.
This would also entail providing television access to every household and every temple in the region, so as to “allow the party line and policy to be effectively transmitted to tens of thousands of households into the hearts of the people of various ethnicities, as well as the patriotic and pious monks and nuns”.
Chen also urged his staff to further their study of Marxism-Leninism, Mao Zedong Thought, Deng Xiaoping Theory and the Three Represents.
This, he said, would help them be “better equipped ideologically” to fight against the “Dalai Clique” and other opposing forces that seek to “subvert, westernise and split up” China in the name of “human rights, democracy, religion, culture, race and environmental protection.”
Since the start of the year, the hardline party chief has also significantly stepped up security throughout the region with more armed police and paramilitary officers now manning the streets.
He has also recently warned officials against dereliction of duty and deserting their positions, saying they would face “severe punishment” for failing to protect the country.
Over the weekend, two 19-year-old Tibetans set themselves on fire in Aba town, a Tibetan region in the neighbouring Sichuan province, bringing to 24 the total number of self-immolations by Tibetans since the crackdown of the Tibet riots in 2009.
All foreigners have been banned from travelling to the region.
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