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Xinhua: Tibet Re-opens to Foreign Journalists

June 27, 2008

www.chinaview.cn
June 26, 2008

BEIJING, June 26 (Xinhua) -- Foreign journalists in China are allowed
to apply for entering Tibet, said Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu
Jianchao here Thursday.

"Since Tibet had re-opened to foreign tourists, foreign journalists
in China could also apply with local authorities to go there in line
with previous procedure," Liu told a press conference.

Tibet re-opened to foreign tourists on Wednesday after a stoppage of
more than three months due to the March 14 riot in the regional
capital of Lhasa.

The re-installed stable situation in Tibet accords with interests of
all the Chinese people, including the Tibetan compatriots, and is
also in the expectation of the international community, Liu noted.

"Tibet does not change the policy of opening-up, and it is very
important and positive progress to timely announce the re-opening of
Tibet to foreign tourists after the situation returned stable," Liu said.

After all, the violent activities did take place in this region, Liu
said. Foreign journalists should abide by arrangement of local
authorities since uncertainty still exists, he said.
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