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China says Tibet part of China since ancient times

China dismissed Tibetan independence movement as an attempt by imperialists to divide the country.



Beijing: Dismissing the "Tibetan
independence" movement as an attempt by old and new
imperialists to divide the country, China on Monday said
historical evidence showed that Tibet has been part of its
territory since ancient times.

"No country or government in the world has ever
acknowledged the independence of Tibet," a government white
paper released today by the Chinese government in connection
with 60 years of `Liberation of Tibet` said.

"China is a unified, multi-ethnic country, and the
Tibetan people are important members of the family of the
Chinese nation," the white paper titled `Sixty Years Since
Peaceful Liberation of Tibet` said.

Historical facts clearly demonstrate that the
so-called `Tibetan independence` was in fact cooked up by old
and new imperialists, and was part of Western aggressors`
scheme to carve up the territory of China, it said.

Archaeological and academic research findings show
that since ancient times the Tibetan people have been "closely
connected with the Han (main Chinese ethnic group) and other
ethnic groups in blood relationship, language, culture and
other aspects," and economic, political and cultural exchanges
between Tibet and inland China "have never been broken off,"
it said.

The Tibetan group, as one of the centuries-old ethnic
groups in China, has made important contributions to the
creation and development of this unified, multi-ethnic country
and to the formation and evolvement of the Chinese nation, it
said.

In the 13th century the central government of the Yuan
Dynasty (1271-1368) formally incorporated Tibet into the
central administration by setting up the Supreme Control
Commission and Commission for Buddhist and Tibetan Affairs to
directly administer the military and political affairs of the
Tibet region.

Following this, the Yuan central government gradually
standardised and institutionalised the administration of
Tibet, which was also followed by the Ming (1368-1644)
government, it said.

PTI

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