|Stability, steady growth are common wish of Tibetans|
Tall buildings with Tibetan features, broad highways and a well-built infrastructure added modernity to the city. But "the March 14 violence has sabotaged the environment for
Lonyi, who lives in Lanbani village, Qamdo county, said: "We have larger houses, more cars and cash. Everybody is happy. But without stability, we wouldn't have had all this."
The per capita net income of farmers and herdsmen in
The economy has been growing at an annual rate of 12 percent or more over the past seven years. In 2007, the region's gross domestic product was 34.2 billion yuan, or 12,000 yuan per capita -- double the 2002 figure.
In 2006, the regional government launched a program to build homes for 220,000 local farming and herding households by 2010. More than 570,000 people have since moved into new residences and regional government spending has totaled 1.3 billion yuan. The per capita housing area for herders has reached 36.4 square meters, 16.8 sq. m. more than that before the project.
"It was against Tibetans' will when some people caused unrest," said a
Eighteen civilians and one police officer were killed in the