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Published:June 25th, 2008 11:43 EST
China reopens Tibet to foreign tourists

China reopens Tibet to foreign tourists

By SOP newswire

China reopened Tibet to foreign tourists Wednesday, three months after a harsh crackdown on anti-government protests that sparked an international firestorm.

Statements on Tibetan government websites say they are resuming foreign tourism following last Saturday`s run of the Beijing Olympic torch through the Tibetan capital of Lhasa. The statements declared the torch run a success, and said it was a victory over "separatists" and proved that social stability in the territory had been restored.

China halted all tourism in Tibet after the March 14 anti-government protests and subsequent crackdown. Beijing allowed domestic tour groups back into the region in late April.

China says 22 people were killed in the demonstrations, but Tibet`s government-in-exile says more than 200 people died in the crackdown on mostly monk-led protests. 

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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