Tibet has been "inseparable part of China" since ancient times: white paper

08:36, July 12, 2011      

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No country or government in the world has ever acknowledged the independence of Tibet, said a white paper released on Monday.

"China is a unified, multi-ethnic country, and the Tibetan people are important members of the family of the Chinese nation," said the white paper, "Sixty Years Since Peaceful Liberation of Tibet," released by the State Council Information Office.

Historical facts clearly demonstrate that the so-called "Tibetan independence" was in fact cooked up by old and new imperialists, and was part of Western aggressors' scheme to carve up the territory of China, the white paper said.

Archaeological and academic research findings show that since ancient times the Tibetan people have been "closely connected with the Han and other ethnic groups in blood relationship, language, culture and other aspects," and economic, political and cultural exchanges between Tibet and inland China "have never been broken off," it said.

China's territory and history were created by the Chinese nation; the Tibetan group, as one of the centuries-old ethnic groups in China, has made important contributions to the creation and development of this unified, multi-ethnic country and to the formation and evolvement of the Chinese nation, it said.

In the 13th century the central government of the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) formally incorporated Tibet into the central administration by setting up the Supreme Control Commission and Commission for Buddhist and Tibetan Affairs to directly administer the military and political affairs of the Tibet region.
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Source: Xinhua
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