China tightens control of Tibetan monasteries, blames “separatists”

China plans to tighten control over Tibetan Buddhist monasteries to reduce the influence of the exiled Dalai Lama and other ‘internal and external separatist forces,’ according to a government notice seen on Monday.

The State Administration of Religious Affairs issued the ‘Management measure for Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and temples’ to be applied from November 1, saying it was devised in response to a growing foreign influence and ‘separatist activities.’

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