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Tibet reopening to foreigners

June 25, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Tibet reopened to foreign tourists today, a Chinese official said, after the region was closed to foreign visitors following riots there in March.

The first group of foreign tourists, from Sweden, arrived at the airport near the capital, Lhasa, this morning, said Tibetan Tourism Bureau spokesman Liao Lisheng.

New China News Agency cited another tourism official as saying the Olympic torch relay over the weekend through Lhasa, the regional capital, proved that Tibet was stable enough to let foreign tourists back in.

China closed Tibet to tourists after riots that erupted in Lhasa on March 14.

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