Australian Diplomat Granted Rare Tibet Visit
The Australian’s Rowan Callick reports that Australian ambassador Frances Adamson was allowed to Tibet last week:
Foreign Minister Bob Carr told the Senate almost 18 months ago he had asked China to allow Ms Adamson to visit – in answer to questions from the Greens about his having described the Dalai Lama as a “cunning monk”.
[…] The delegation, which went to Naidong county in the south of Tibet and to the capital, Lhasa, was given access to monasteries, and also inspected longstanding Australian programs that provide health and agriculture support.
[…] Ms Adamson’s visit appears to coincide with a growing confidence in Beijing that the situation in Tibet has stabilised. [Source]
The Australian Embassy in Beijing posted a brief announcement of the visit with photographs of Adamson meeting locals and officials. U.S. ambassador Gary Locke was also permitted to visit Lhasa in June.