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China claims praise from Australian journalists for its Tibet policy

August 26, 2013

August 24, 2013 – China claimed Aug 23 that it had received praise and admiration for its policies and conduct in occupied Tibet from a group of Australian journalists at the end of their five-day visit there sponsored by it. “Having been gotten close to the real life of Tibetans, the Australian reporters pointed out the social, religious and economic development in Tibet deserved a thumb-up as they could feel and see how happy Tibetans are,” reported China’s online Tibet news and information service Aug 23.

"I only visited a small part of Tibet, but I'm sure what Tibet has achieved so far is really amazing. For example, its development in electricity power, transportation, tourism, etc," the report quoted Rowan Callick from The Australian newspaper as saying.

The report said the group visited the Potala Palace, the Jokhang Temple, the Lulang County in southern Tibet, and so on between Aug 20 and 25.

Tibet remains banned for foreign journalists as well as independent travel by non-Chinese foreign tourists.  However, China has been taking small groups of select journalists from different countries on scripted and sponsored tours and attributing to them praise for its rule in the occupied region. It has so far refused to allow any independent monitors.

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