A recent government survey of Tibetan residents found that a whopping 99% are satisfied with the public security situation in the region.
More specifically, the National Bureau of Statistics questioned 3,240 individuals living in Tibet. 99.59% of them said they were satisfied with public security. While that number may not seem to leave much room for improvement, it is 0.48 percentage points better than last year. Next year, it just might reach 100%, if the government can somehow manage to convince those 15 individuals who answered in the negative.
Currently, it falls in between the support that the Castro brothers and Kim Jong Il have received at the polls in the past.
“Compared with the past, local residents now rarely see armed police patrol on the streets or squares, which has contributed to their higher sense of security,” Xiong Kunxin, a professor of ethnic studies at Beijing’s Minzu University of China, told the Global Times.
Xiong also contributed the high satisfaction rate to a decrease in separatist activities in the past year, as well as the Dalai Lama losing influence on the world stage. “As a result, the hostile foreign forces have started to recognize Tibet as a part of China to some extent,” he said.
Meawhile, Dorje Dradul, deputy head of the Tibet statistics bureau said that, “Tibetan people’s sense of security always remains high in China.” Hey, can’t argue with the numbers.
The survey also found that 95.58% of people in Tibet were satisfied with judicial and “comprehensive management” departments.
This survey, along with the fact that Tibet’s GDP grew by 11% last year — the highest among all Chinese provinces and regions — seems to confirm a white paper issued by China last year which declared that Tibet had finally entered its glorious “golden age.”
However, all is not perfect in paradise. The survey found that locals are still most concerned about traffic safety.
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