China pillories US over Tibet, extends travel ban
Date Published: 03/11/2009
Aundra Ang, Associated Press via Google News, March 11, 2009
On Wednesday,Chinese authorities once more tightened security in an attempt to prevent unrest during the 50th anniversary of a failed Tibetan uprising. Not only have foreigners been banned from traveling to Tibet, but paramilitary police forces have set up multiple checkpoints in Tibetan territories. China additionally denounced the Dalai Lama and criticized the United States for suggesting that Beijing talk to the exiled leader. Tibet's 1959 attempted revolt ultimately ended with the Dalai Lama's flight into exile and with Beijing bringing the region under its direct control. Last year peaceful protests marking the event's anniversary spiraled out of control and resulted in a day of ethnic rioting in Lhasa as well as widespread demonstrations throughout the nation. -posted by Lelise Gobena
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