China to allow foreign journalists in Tibet
China says foreign journalists in the country can apply for permission to visit the remote Himalayan region.world Updated: Jun 26, 2008 20:53 IST
After throwing open Tibet to foreign tourists on Wednesday, China on Thursday said foreign journalists in the country can apply for permission to visit the remote Himalayan region, which was hit by unrest after anti-government protests in March.
"When Tibet is returning to normal, the timely announcement of reopening Tibet is a very important progress. If you all wish to go to Tibet, it is open again. I believe foreign journalists will be able to apply for their trip to Tibet as in the past," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said.
Tibet has been kept out of bounds for foreign journalists after the March 14 Lhasa riots but they were taken on government-controlled and monitored trips.
Foreign tourists are being allowed to visit Tibet since Wednesday.
Liu, however, warned intending journalists that there could be "some uncertainties in the local situation" and urged them to cooperate with local authorities during their travel.
He said Chinas policy of "open Tibet" had remained unchanged. Stability in Tibet was in the interest of all ethnic groups in China and "this is also what is expected by the international community".
Monks-led anti-government protests had erupted into violence in Lhasa, killing 20 people and spreading to some other parts populated by Tibetans.