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Tibetan photographic exhibition held in N Australia

June 3, 2009

Source: Xinhua
June 02, 2009 

The Tibetan photographic exhibition was opened in Darwin on Monday with
Chinese ambassador to Australia Zhang Junsai launching the opening ceremony.

At the opening ceremony, Ambassador Zhang told the audience that he was
pleased to see that the photographic exhibition came to Darwin, the capital
city of Northern Territory, after being held in national capital Canberra
and Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia.

"Australians and other Westerners have a strong interest in Tibet, but for
various reasons, the Western public does not really understand the history
and reality in Tibet," said Zhang, adding he hoped the photo exhibition
would bring the remote and beautiful Tibet close to Australians.

The photos themselves will tell people Tibet is an inalienable part of China
since ancient times, and the snow land has taken great changes over the past
50 years, Zhang stressed.

Kon Vatskalis, Minister of Fishing, Resources and Health in Northern
Territory government, said he was fascinated to see these beautiful pictures
and was attracted by the changes undertaken over the past few decades. He
said the photo display would help people understand more about Tibet and
would even encourage local Australians to visit Tibet and China at large.

More than 80 photos, depicting the changes of the Tibetan people over the
past 50 years, were displayed at the Chinese Society premise in Darwin. One
of the organizers, Henry Yah of a local Chinese community society, told
Xinhua the display would last for two weeks, and would show local people the
history and present of Tibet.

Local people, including Chinese Australians, know little about Tibet, so
this exhibition was important as it can help the local Chinese community
know more about their motherland's history, said Yah.
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