China 'reopens' Tibet to tourists

Xinhua news agency announces arrival of first foreigners, a month after imposing travel ban.

    China's authorities require foreigners to obtain special permission to visit Tibet [GALLO/GETTY IMAGES]

    Chinese authorities sealed off Tibet and adjacent areas to local tourism in the run-up to the March anniversary of a 1959 uprising that led to the exile of the Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual leader.

    The anniversary also marks the date when Beijing ended a failed three-year revolt against Chinese rule in Tibet.

    Tibetan communities erupted in violent protests against Chinese rule last year, drawing a swift clampdown by paramilitary forces that have remained in place.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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