Tibet 'consensus' slammed by rights group

More than 140 Tibetans have set themselves on fire since 2009 in protest against Beijing's ruleA rights group on Tuesday slammed foreign representatives for attending a Chinese government-organised forum in Tibet that claimed international support for a “Lhasa Consensus” on economic development in the mainly Buddhist region. Chinese state media said that “130 guests from over 30 countries and regions” agreed “Tibet will have a bright future!” at a two-day meeting in the regional capital. The official Xinhua news agency said the document stressed the ruling Communist Party’s traditional view that economic development was Tibet’s most important task, adding that growth should be environmentally friendly.

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