Violence in China

This item appears on page 18 of the May 2008 issue.

On March 14, 2008, violence erupted following peaceful demonstrations in the city of Lhasa, capital of China’s Tibet Autonomous Region. Scattered violence continued in Lhasa, and protests, some of them resulting in violence, were reported in parts of Sichuan, Gansu, Qinghai and Yunnan provinces.

At press time, there was a significantly increased security presence in many Tibetan areas of China, including Tibetan communities outside of the Tibetan Autonomous Region. Chinese authorities restricted travel to affected areas. Travelers are advised to avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place.