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China allows foreign journalists in Tibet

June 29, 2008

Times of India
June 26, 2008

BEIJING -- After throwing open Tibet to foreign tourists on
Wednesday, China has said that foreign journalists in the country can
apply for permission to visit the remote Himalayan region.

"When Tibet is returning to normal, the timely announcement of
reopening Tibet is a very important progress. If you all wish to go
to Tibet, it is open again. I believe foreign journalists will be
able to apply for their trip to Tibet as in the past," Chinese
Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said. Tibet had been kept out
of bounds for foreign journalists after the March 14 Lhasa riots.

Liu, however, warned journalists that there could be "some
uncertainties in the local situation" and urged them to cooperate
with local authorities during their travel.

He said China's policy of "open Tibet" had remained unchanged.
Stability in Tibet was in the interest of all ethnic groups in China
and "this is also what is expected by the international community."
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