China says party control over religion in Tibet will only increase

December 29, 2016 06:16

BEIJING, Dec 29 - The Communist Party's control over religion in Tibet can only increase, the region's top official was quoted as saying on Thursday, vowing to step up efforts to expose the "sinister intentions" of exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.

Chinese troops marched in and took control of Tibet in 1950 in what Beijing calls a "peaceful liberation". Rights groups say China tramples on Tibet's religious and cultural traditions, charges Beijing denies.The Dalai Lama, denounced by Beijing as a dangerous separatist, fled to India in 1959 following a failed uprising against the Chinese. He says he simply wants genuine autonomy for his homeland.

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