2 weeks China defends Tibet labor program, urges against overdoing religion Inquirer
LHASA, China---Top officials in Chinese-administered Tibet on Thursday defended a vocational training program that some critics have called coercive, and urged Tibetans not to "overdo" religion, during a briefing with foreign journalists on a rare visit to the region. The transfer program, which involves government-set quotas for laborers and includes a focus on ideological training, has riled rights groups and Tibetan activists outside China, who say it is coercive - an assertion China rejects. The program, aimed at lifting skills and incomes, has involved about 15 percent of Tibet's population of 3.51 million. China is embarked on a multi-year plan ... more