China's policy of "All patriots belong to one big family, no matter when they join the family" will be implemented in Tibet, a Tibetan official said Monday in Lhasa.
Explaining the policy, Basang, deputy secretary of the Tibet Regional Committee of the Communist Party of China, said patriotism is necessary for national unity. Anyone who no longer promotes or believes in the "independence of Tibet", will be welcomed by the government, even though they may have previously engaged in separatist activities.
Tibetans residing abroad are welcome to return to their hometown for visits, sightseeing or religious activities. However, a small group of separatists will not be permitted to engage in separatist activities or turmoil by taking advantage of the policy, she said at a regional meeting on reception of returned Tibetans held Tuesday.
The government expects Tibetans living abroad to invest, donate and contribute to their hometown on a voluntary basis, she added.
Last year 408 Tibetans returned home from other countries including India, Nepal, the United States, Switzerland and Sweden.
(People's Daily February 6, 2002)