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Chinese Experts Discuss Development in Tibet with Austrian councilor.

Editor: Sun Yunlong
www.chinaview.cn
October 14, 2008

WIENER NEUSTADT, Austria, Oct. 13 (Xinhua) -- A delegation of Chinese Tibetologists on Monday met with Peter Wittmann, councilor of the Social Democratic Party of Austria, and exchanged views with him on Tibet-related issues.

During their meeting in Wiener Neustadt, some 60 kilometers from Vienna, the delegation briefed Wittmann the social-economic development in Tibet, especially the efforts by the central and local governments to protect environment and boost economic growth.

Head of the delegation Shen Kaiyun said the Chinese government has given top priority on protecting local ecological environment while developing the economy in Tibet.

Thanks to the effective ecological environment protection measures, the numbers of wild animals such as Tibetan antelope, wild ass and snow leopard have all increased, said Dawa Ciren and Eri Hangdan, members of the delegation.

Shen said that Tibet also has problems such as the shrinkage of glaciers due to global warming.

The Chinese government has established a protection zone of 40 square kilometers to strengthen protection of glaciers, Shen said.

Wittmann introduced to the Chinese experts Austria's experience in waste management, sewage drainage treatment, ecological protection of mountains and lakes, and balanced development of tourism and environment.

He said that as mountainous areas, both Austria and China's Tibetan region face the vital issue of protecting ecological environment. He expressed the wish to visit Tibet in the future.

The delegation's visit helps Austrians know more about a true Tibet, Wittmann said.

Later in the day, the delegation visited the town hall of Wiener Neustadt, and met with the city's vice mayor Isabella Siedland other government officials.

During its three-day stay in Austria, the delegation, which arrived in Vienna Sunday, will also meet Austrian media and exchange views and ideas with teachers

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