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China to develop tourism in southeastern Tibet
I am not sure this will win over the Tibetans, but I know many people who would likely want to visit Tibet! It is one place I know I've wanted to visit, but has not been practical in the greater scheme of things.
BEIJING (AP) — China will invest 400 million yuan ($63.5 million) to develop tourism in southeastern Tibet by building 22 model villages, the official Xinhua News Agency said Saturday.
Xinhua said China plans to make Nyingchi county, 320 kilometers (200 miles) southeast of the Tibetan capital of Lhasa, into an international tourist destination. It is nestled in a region known for its forests, snow-covered mountains, valleys and rivers.
Beijing has for decades tried to expand the Tibetan economy in hopes of winning over ethnic residents, but its heavy-handed rule has drawn criticism. Many Tibetans accuse the government of religious persecution and cultural assimilation — sometimes in the pretext of economic development.
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