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China concludes PSB meeting to quell "separatism"

August 23, 2010

By Kalsang Rinchen
August 21, 2010

Dharamsala, August 21 -- China recently concluded
a two - day meeting of Public Security Bureaus of
the ethnic Tibetan areas under the "Tibet
Autonomous Region" and four other provinces, reported

The meeting held in the Tibetan capital Lhasa on
18 and 19 August was called to assess the results
and experiences of "upholding public security,
struggle against the current separatist movement,
and identified current challenges facing stability in Tibetan areas."

The Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy
said China intensified its control on Tibetans
following the protests throughout Tibet in 2008.
China launched "Strike Hard" campaign last year
to what the Dharamsala based rights group calls
"quell political dissent through mass detention
and arrests.” Lhasa PSB rounded up 5766 suspects
within three days of the launch of "Strike Hard."

The rights group also said Lhasa City government
has issued a notice requiring all visitors
staying up to a month in the capital to apply for
a temporary stay permit from the PSB office.

Officials from various PSB offices discussed
future action plans "to step up fight against
separatists; build bodies to protect social
security; increase border security; and improve
communication infrastructure, uniform and skills
of the public security bureaus."

The United Front Work Department of the Party's
Central Committee - the body tasked specifically
to handle the Sino - Tibet talks also held a
meeting on 14 and 15 August in Shigatse where
heads of monastic institutions and local United
Front officials in the "TAR" and Tibetan areas in
four other provinces gathered for the meeting
that exiles say was held to tighten control over
religious institutions in Tibetan areas.

"Competent Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns who
are politically reliable, extraordinarily learned
and widely respected should be selected to
monastery management committees through thorough
democratic consultation," said Du Qinglin, head
of the United Front Work Department and
vice-chairman of the National Committee of the
Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

The two top level conferences are most likely
follow up meetings to the Fifth Work Forum on
Tibet conducted in January 2010 to implement
measures to bring restive Tibet under control, said TCHRD.
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