- The Associated Press joined a rare and strictly controlled media tour to Tibet, highlighting what the government describes as the region's social stability and economic development after 70 years of Communist Party rule.
- Stops included monasteries, temples, schools, poverty alleviation projects, and tourist sites.
- The tour appears to reflect the party's confidence that it is prevailing in the global battle of public opinion over Tibet.
- In the courtyard of the Jokhang Temple, one of the holiest sites in Tibetan Buddhism, the head monk, Lhakpa, said the Dalai Lama is not its spiritual leader. Asked who is, he said: "Xi Jinping."
- As a counterweight, Tibet rights groups continue to report detentions, economic marginalization, a suffocating security presence, and heavy pressure to assimilate with China's Han majority while pledging loyalty to the Communist Party.
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