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China’s premier says Tibet inseparable part of country’s ‘sacred’ territory

Tibet is an inseparable part of China’s ‘sacred’ territory, and religious figures should promote national unity and ethnic harmony, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said during a rare visit to a region that is a focus for international rights concerns. Chinese troops marched into Tibet in 1950 in what China officially terms a peaceful liberation, and has ruled it with an iron fist ever since. It is one of Beijing’s most sensitive territorial issues, and has been hit by repeated anti-Chinese protests, although the region has…

Oxygen tanks ready as Tibet football team make history

LHASA, TIBET: There may be mid-game oxygen breaks, but no team will fancy a trip to sky-high Lhasa Chengtou next season after they made history by becoming the first Tibetan side to reach China's professional league. Lhasa, whose 735-million-yuan ($110 million) stadium is the highest in China and one of the highest in the world, clinched promotion from China's amateur league to the third tier along with five other sides. But doubts surround whether Lhasa will be allowed to stage games at their modern Cultural and…

China says Dalai Lama “provokes” with visit to disputed border with India

BEIJING: China on Wednesday denounced in the strongest terms yet a visit by the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama to a disputed stretch on the China-India border, saying he had provoked China by supporting India's claim to the region. The Dalai Lama's week-long trip to Arunachal Pradesh, which China claims as "southern Tibet", has infuriated China, where the Nobel Peace laureate is considered a dangerous separatist. Indian officials have dismissed China's criticism of the Dalai Lama's second visit to Arunachal…

China to build dam on Brahmaputra, India concerned

BEIJING: China will use a tributary of the Brahmaputra river in Tibet as part of the construction of a major hydroelectric project, the Indian media reports said on Saturday. The hydel project may impact water flow of the Brahmaputra into the lower riparian countries including India and Bangladesh. The Lalho project on Xiabuqu river, a tributary of Yarlung Zangbo (the Tibetan name for Brahmaputra), in Tibet involves an investment of $740 million, a Chinese official was quoted as saying by the media reports on Saturday. The…

China says countering Dalai Lama is top ethnic priority in Tibet

BEIJING: China will make countering the Dalai Lama's influence the "highest priority" in its work on ethnic affairs in Tibet, the region's Communist Party boss has said, vowing to uproot the monk's "separatist and subversive" activities. Beijing says its Communist troops peacefully liberated Tibet in 1950 and regards the 80-year-old, Nobel Peace Prize-winning Buddhist monk as a separatist. The self-exiled Dalai Lama says he merely seeks genuine autonomy for his Himalayan homeland. China's Foreign Ministry expressed anger…

China eyeing Tibet-Nepal railway: report

BEIJING: A railway between China and Nepal that could include a tunnel under Mount Everest is under consideration, Chinese state media said Thursday, as Beijing builds links with a country India regards as firmly within its sphere of influence.