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China’s marks 60th anniversary of invading eastern Tibet

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Friday, Oct 22, 2010
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(TibetanReview.net, Oct20, 2010)  China on Oct 19 marked the 60th anniversary of its annexation of Chamdo, the capital of eastern Tibet, with among other things, an exhibition visited by about 1000 people from all walks of life, according to China’s official Xinhua news agency Oct 19. The exhibition displayed Chamdo’s past and present, with hundreds of historic photos, publications in Mandarin and Tibetan, sand tables and multimedia presentations, a local official named Kelsang was cited as saying.

It was on Oct 19, 1950 that troops of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army marched into Chamdo Prefecture, where the Tibetan government had, despite the impending serious dangers, just posted a very young and totally inexperienced man named Ngapo Ngawang Jigme as its Governor-General. He surrendered without a fight and went on to occupy high ceremonial posts under Chinese rule throughout his life.

Xinhua said the event was a precursor to the peaceful liberation of entire Tibet in the following year, apparently referring to the coerced signing of the 17-point agreement in Beijing on May 23, 1951, with the Tibetan side led by Ngapo.

Chamdo, a prefecture with 640,000 people, had, from only mule-cart tracks in the 1950s, 9,164 km of roads, covering 72.5 percent of villages, by the end of last year, the report said. “We’ll build roads to all villages by 2020,” Qi Fei, Chinese chief of the local transport bureau was quoted as saying.

He has added that the Chinese government was currently building an interprovincial highway network to link Chamdo with all pivotal cities in western China, including Lhasa, Chengdu, Xining and Kunming.

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