China celebrates 50 years of Tibet government

The Chinese government held a ceremony in front of the iconic Potala Palace in the regional capital Lhasa to mark 50 years since the founding of the administrative area of Tibet.
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Balloons are released as thousands of people gather in front of the iconic Potala Palace in the regional capital Lhasa on September 8, 2015, for an event billed as marking 50 years since the founding of the administrative area of Tibet. China on September 8 stressed Communist party control over Tibet, with a senior official denouncing the Dalai Lama at a giant ceremony condemned by rights groups. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Chinese paramilitary police conduct a flag rising ceremony as thousands of people gather in front of the iconic Potala Palace in the regional capital Lhasa on September 8, 2015, for an event billed as marking 50 years since the founding of the administrative area of Tibet. China on September 8 stressed Communist party control over Tibet, with a senior official denouncing the Dalai Lama at a giant ceremony condemned by rights groups. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Young Tibetan Buddhist novice monks stand in the grasslands of their nomadic camp on July 24, 2015 on the Tibetan Plateau in Madou County, Qinghai, China. Tibetan nomads face many challenges to their traditional way of life including political pressures, forced resettlement by China's government, climate change and rapid modernization. (Getty Images)
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Young Tibetan Buddhist novice monks stand outside the family's nomadic summer grazing area on July 24, 2015 on the Tibetan Plateau in Yushu County, Qinghai, China. Tibetan nomads face many challenges to their traditional way of life including political pressures, forced resettlement by China's government, climate change and rapid modernization. he Tibetan Plateau, often called 'the Roof of the World,' is the world's highest and largest plateau. (Getty Images)
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Ethnic Tibetans wearing traditional costume dance on July 25, 2015 at a local government sponsored festival on the Tibetan Plateau in Yushu County, Qinghai, China. Tibetan nomads face many challenges to their traditional way of life including political pressures, forced resettlement by China's government, climate change and rapid modernization. The Tibetan Plateau, often called 'the Roof of the World,' is the world's highest and largest plateau. (Getty Images)
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In this 1956 picture the two spiritual leaders of Tibet, the rival Panchen (2nd-L) and Dalai Lamas (2nd-R), are shown flanked by their Communist 'protectors', Mao Zedong (C), Chairman of the People's Republic of China, Chinese Premier Zhu Enlai (L) and Liu Shaoqi (R) in Beijing. Communist China announced 28 March 1959 that it had deposed the Dalai Lama and set up a new government in rebellious Tibet under the Panchen Lama. The late Panchen Lama (1938-89), a spiritual leader and teacher in Tibetan Buddhism (second in importance to the Dalai Lama), was said to be reincarnation of the Buddha Amitabha. He became the ward of the Chinese in his childhood, and some Tibetans disputed his status. Dalai Lama or Tenzin Gyatso, born in 1935, is the traditional religious and temporal head of Tibet's Buddhist clergy . In March 1959, there was an unsuccessful armed uprising by Tibetans against Chinese rule. As a result, the Dalai Lama, fled with some 100,000 supporters to northern India, where a government-in-exile was established. The Chinese ended the the former dominance of the lamas (Buddhist monks) and destroyed many monasteries. Tibet (Xizang), occupied in 1950 by Chinese Communist forces, became an 'Autonomous Region' of China in September 1965, but the majority of Tibetans have continued to regard the Dalai Lama as their 'god-king' and to resent the Chinese presence, leading to intermittent unrest. (AFP/Getty Images)
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From right: Panchen Lama, Chinese vice-premier Chen Yi, and the Dalai Lama, review a Tibetan guard of honour wearing Chinese army uniforms in May 1956 in Lhasa, the capital of Tibet (Xizang). The late Panchen Lama (1938-89), a spiritual leader and teacher in Tibetan Buddhism (second in importance to the Dalai Lama), was said to be reincarnation of the Buddha Amitabha. He became the ward of the Chinese in his childhood, and some Tibetans disputed his status. Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso, born in 1935), is the traditional religious and temporal head of Tibet's Buddhist clergy . In March 1959, there was an unsuccessful armed uprising by Tibetans against Chinese rule. As a result, the Dalai Lama, fled with some 100,000 supporters to northern India, where a government-in-exile was established. The Chinese ended the the former dominance of the lamas (Buddhist monks) and destroyed many monasteries. Tibet (Xizang), occupied in 1950 by Chinese Communist forces, became an 'Autonomous Region' of China in September 1965, but the majority of Tibetans have continued to regard the Dalai Lama as their 'god-king' and to resent the Chinese presence, leading to intermittent unrest. (AFP/Getty Images)