Beijing : China marked 50 years of Tibet’s amalgamation with the Communist giant, holding a grand parade in Lhasa showcasing its grip on the strategic Himalayan region even as it adopted a tough stance against the Dalai Lama, calling for a crackdown on “separatist forces”.
A big meeting followed by a grand parade was held in front of the Potala Palace, traditional home of the Dalai Lama from where he fled to India in 1959, attended among others by senior official of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC), Yu Zhengsheng, to mark 50 years of Tibet being declared as an autonomous province of China.
China says Tibet became a part of the country by “peaceful liberation” when Chinese troops invaded the Himalayan plateau in 1950 establishing Beijing’s control over it.
K J M Varma
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