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Ethnic Tibetans comprise 92% population in TAR

October 21, 2009

Press Trust of India (PTI)
October 19, 2009

New Delhi, Oct 20 (PTI) -- Ethnic Tibetans
comprise over 92 per cent of the population of
Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR) of China, a
whopping majority as against the claims made by
those living in exile in India, according to a new book.

"In 2003, they (Chinese) estimated that there
were around 2.61 million people in the region
(TAR). These included 2.41 million ethnic
Tibetans (92.2 per cent of the total)," says a
book 'Tibet Fifty Years After' authored by Parvez
Dewan and Siddharth Srivastava.

The authors, who toured Tibet in the aftermath of
the March 2008 failed uprising against Chinese
rule, found that the Han Chinese comprised only
5.9 per cent of the total population while 1.9
per cent people were of other ethnicity.

"These are Chinese government figures. Statistics
cannot be fudged," Dewan contended.

According to the authors, Tibetan exiles claim that there are about 7.
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