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'Genocide' in Tibet fabricated by Dalai Lama

THE "Tibetan genocide" - the Dalai Lama and his group claimed that more than 1 million Tibetans have been killed in the past 50 years - has been fabricated, a senior official of Tibet said yesterday.

The population of Tibet increased from 1.2 million in 1959 to 2.87 million in 2008, and the past 50 years was a period during which the population grew at its fastest rate for several centuries, said Qiangba Puncog, chairman of the Tibet regional government.

Of the total population, Tibetans and people from other ethnic minorities account for more than 95 percent, he said.

He also said Lhasa, the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, is stable, and troops there are in a normal state. "I called Lhasa at midday and I was told the whole city is stable and the troops there are acting normally," he said in Beijing at CPPCC annual session.


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