China marks Tibet anniversary with call to accept Communist Party rule
BEIJING, Aug 19 (Reuters) – China marked the 70th anniversary of its control over Tibet on Thursday, with a celebration in Lhasa, to drive home the message to accept the rule of the Communist Party.
Beijing has ruled the remote western region since 1951, after its People’s Liberation Army marched in and took control in what it calls a “peaceful liberation”.
“Tibet can only develop and prosper under the party’s leadership and socialism,” Wang Yang, who heads a national organisation responsible for uniting all races and all parties under the leadership of the Communist Party, said at the event in the region’s capital, Lhasa.
The celebration, attended by almost 10,000…