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Foreign journalists can apply to enter Tibet: Beijing

June 29, 2008

The Macau Dalily Times
June 27, 2008

China said yesterday that foreign journalists could apply for
permission to enter Tibet, which was officially reopened to foreign
tourists the day before.

"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," foreign ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao
told reporters.

Under "previous procedure" governing travel to the remote Himalayan
region, foreign journalists were required to obtain a special travel
permit from Tibetan authorities.

But they first had to submit their reporting plans for approval.

Beijing kicked all tourists and foreigners out of Tibet after violent
protests against Chinese rule erupted in mid-March, prompting a
massive Chinese security clampdown.

The government allowed mainland Chinese tour groups back in at the
end of April, followed by visitors from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan in May.

It said the decision to resume accepting foreign tourists on
Wednesday was made after they determined that "separatist" forces
loyal to the exiled Dalai Lama -- whom Beijing blames for the worst
unrest there in decades -- no longer posed a safety threat.

China's crackdown in the wake of the Tibet protests in March drew
international condemnation and spurred protests in several countries
that disrupted the Olympic torch relay ahead of the Beijing Games in August.

Tibet experts and tour guides said that China would likely make it
difficult to travel to the area by employing strict permit procedures
and that visitors would likely face restrictions.
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