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Ex-king backs China amid Tibet unrest

Former King Norodom Sihanouk voiced his support for China in the wake of a security clampdown following unrest in Tibet and other areas of the communist nation. Sihanouk, who suffers from cancer and several other serious illnesses, is currently in Beijing for medical check-ups. The 85-year-old noted that when he led his country in the 1950s and ‘60s he repeatedly said Tibet could not be separated from China.  “I condemn, and all my compatriots condemn, any attempt to divide China through Tibet or any other regions,” Sihanouk said in a statement. Protests began in Tibet to mark the anniversary of a 1959 uprising against Beijing’s rule of the region, amid widespread anger over what Tibetans say have been brutal and repressive Chinese policies. (AFP)

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