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Exhibition on Tibet unveiled in U.S. capital

July 18, 2008

[Xinhua is the official news agency of the PRC]

Special report: Tibet: Its Past and Present

     WASHINGTON, July 16 (Xinhua) -- A photo exhibition depicting both
the past and the present of Tibet, an autonomous region of China, was
unveiled in Washington D.C., the U.S. capital, on Wednesday.

     The exhibition, titled Tibet Today and Yesterday, which has been
viewed by tens of thousands of people in China, also received a warm
welcome here as it opened at the Chinese Embassy.

     With about 160 items and more than 400 photographs, the show
vividly details Tibet's history of being freed from the slave system and
turned into a developing autonomous region.

     It also gives evidence on the indisputable fact that Tibet has been
part of the Chinese territory for nearly 800 years.

     "We came here to gain more information about Tibet, on its past and
present as well as the Chinese government's policies on the Tibet
issue," said Wu Huiqiu, chairman of the National Association for China's
Peaceful Unification in Washington, D.C.

     Overseas Chinese, who have always backed the Chinese government's
policies on the Tibet issue, can develop a more comprehensive and deeper
understanding of Tibet through this exhibition, Wu added.

     Dr. Tondru Wangben, a Tibetan professor from the Central University
for Nationalities and the leader of a visiting Chinese delegation, told
Xinhua that he has found during meetings with U.S. officials and
congressmen that some U.S. politicians did not have an all-around and
accurate picture of Tibet's history or its present, partly due to the
misleading information they had received.

     However, these politicians are still interested in and open to the
views of Chinese experts, he said, expressing hope that the ongoing
photo show would offer them more information on Tibet and help them
understand the region better.
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