Australian Diplomat Granted Rare Tibet Visit

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 and to the capital, , 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.

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