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China reopens Tibet to foreigners

March 31, 2009

Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
March 30, 2009

China will reopen Tibet to foreign tourists on
April 5, easing restrictions imposed during the
anniversary of a failed uprising against Chinese rule.

China imposed a security crackdown on Tibet and
adjacent Tibetan areas to prevent unrest during
this month's 50th anniversary of the revolt that
led to the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama fleeing into exile.

"Tibet will resume receiving foreign tourists as
of April 5, and we warmly welcome them", the
official Xinhua news agency said on Sunday,
citing the region's head of tourism, Bachug.

"Reception work was suspended in March for the
sake of travellers' safety," added the official,
for whom Xinhua gave only one name.

"Tibet is harmonious and safe now. Travel
agencies, tourist resorts and hotels are well prepared for tourists."

He said that so far more than 100 foreign tourist
groups had signed up to visit the region.

The situation for travellers was confused earlier
this month, with the government insisting the
Tibet Autonomous Region remained open to foreign
tourists, despite tour agencies saying they were not allowed to send anyone in.

Last year, widespread anti-China demonstrations
and riots erupted in Tibet and other nearby
provinces with large Tibetan populations on the
1959 uprising's 49th anniversary, prompting this
year's heavy security crackdown.
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