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China 'forced Miss Tibet to quit'

December 6, 2007

BBC News
Wednesday, 5 December 2007

The Tibetan entrant in an international beauty pageant in Malaysia has
blamed China for her expulsion from the

Tsering Chungtak said that China pressured the competition organisers to
replace her "Miss Tibet" sash with one reading "Miss Tibet-China".

When she refused, she claims, she was told she would have to leave the
Miss Tourism Queen 2007 competition.

China governs Tibet as an autonomous region and swiftly clamps down on
any suggestion of Tibetan nationalism.

Miss Chungtak, who is an ethnic Tibetan living in Delhi, said that to
take part in the competition wearing the sash would be have been

"I was really shocked," the 22-year-old student said. "This is a
pageant, it's not anything related to politics."

But in a statement on the Miss Tibet website she said: "China is in
control of Tibet, and there is no freedom in Tibet."

China has not yet commented officially on the case.

This is the second time that a Tibetan pageant entrant has claimed
Chinese influence on the competition.

In 2005 Tashi Yangchen also left the contest after the Chinese
authorities said she would have to enter as Miss Tibet-China

The beauty pageant to find Miss Tourism Queen 2007 will end on Friday.

China troops invaded Tibet in 1950, claiming a centuries-old sovereignty
over the Himalayan region.

But the allegiances of many Tibetans lie with the exiled spiritual
leader, the Dalai Lama.
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