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Miss Tibet indicts China for her expulsion from Beauty Pageant

December 10, 2007

Neha Chandok On December 7, 2007
myHimachal - Sirmour, Himachal Pradesh

Miss Tibet 2006The Tibetan entrant, Miss Tibet 2006, Tsering Chungtak
has blamed China for her expulsion from an international beauty pageant
in Malaysia. Chungtak, an ethnic Tibetan, currently living in Delhi was
competing for the Miss Tourism 2007 competition.

As per Tsering, she didn’t have any political issue but she ousted from
the competition when the organizers, under the influence of Chinese
government replaced the “Miss Tibet” sash with a “Miss Tibet-China”
sash. Currently, Tibet comes under China and is being governed as an
autonomous nation. The political issues between China and Tibet have
been infiltrating other areas including beauty pageants; it was on this
account alone that in 2005, Tashi Yangchen also left the contest when
faced with a similar situation.

China has not yet made any official comments about the incident.

Miss Tibet is an annual beauty pageant held in Dharamsala, Himachal
Pradesh since October 2002. It is produced by Lobsang Wangyal Productions.
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