China trained 35 united front work officials from Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region and Yunnan Province on China's Tibet policies, ethnic and religious theories and diplomacy.
The officials came from Tibetan areas in Tibet and Yunnan and were trained in Suzhou, East China's Jiangsu Province in mid-May, tibet.cn reported on Tuesday.
The officials studied the spirit of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Tibet policies and basic theories on ethnic and religious work.
They were also updated on diplomacy, national defense and economic and social development, according to the report.
"It is important for united front work officials to improve their ability first, especially in regions such as Tibetan areas where the Dalai Lama clique intends to penetrate," Zhu Weiqun, former chairman of the ethnic and religious affairs committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, told the Global Times.
The United Front Work Department of the CPC Central Committee has listed 12 types of groups as part of united front work, including religious people and ethnic minorities, according to a work regulation released by the department in 2015, the Xinhua News Agency reported.
"It benefits officials, especially those from less developed areas, to visit and communicate with officials and entrepreneurs in big cities in East China, which can broaden their horizon and enhance their daily work and management of temples," Zhu said.
Zhu also noted that officials can also learn from the experiences in economic development of developed areas and benefit regional economic development.
"Inland training always inspires me, especially at this time when I have seen the achievements of Suzhou over the past 40 years since the opening up. It makes me feel proud as well as gives me confidence to forge ahead with work," said Jampa, minister of the united front department of Sangri county, Shannan Prefecture in the Tibet Autonomous Region, tibet.cn reported.
The officials also visited the new village in Changshu, Jiangsu and local private enterprises such as Bosideng, a leading Chinese clothing brand.
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