Eight Tibetans arrested for communication with 'outside forces', report suggests
According to Radio Free Asia, a 22-year-old Tibetan man died in Gansu province after self-immolating January 12. This arrives with news of the arrest in Tibet of eight individuals - including one monk - who reportedly have been accused of communicating with 'splittist outside forces' regarding the current situation in the autonomous region.
Travel website Travelbite reports restrictions on visas to Tibet have been relaxed, and art depicting the region's numerous self-immolators has recently been released from both Chinese and Japanese artists.
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— Eric Olander 欧瑞克 (@eolander) 1月 14, 2013
-- Tibet : Chinese authorities arrest eight tibetans for sharing information with outsiders The only female among the detainees, Sonam Kyi was earlier arrested for allegedly sharing information with outsiders on the 2008 mass uprising in Tibet’s capital Lhasa. She has since been banished and forbidden from visiting the capital city by Chinese authorities.
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-- Another Tibetan dies after self-immolation in China Tsering Dhondup, 22, set himself on fire around noon on Saturday in Xiahe County, Gansu Province. After the incident, his body was returned home. Monks gathered at his house prayed and held a small ceremony. Local authorities has cut telecommunications in the area, and the news was blocked immediately.
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Major transportation vehicles in parts of China are now required to use homegrown Beidou Navigation Satellite System (BDS).
— Xinhua News Agency (@XHNews) 1月 14, 2013
New major transport vehicles produced in 9 regions should be installed with BDS service before they leave factory. t.cn/zjdnjpZ
— Xinhua News Agency (@XHNews) 1月 14, 2013