Foreign journalists and tourists were barred from almost all Tibetan areas of provinces adjoining the Tibet Autonomous Region, as the Communist party tightened border security and stepped up a propaganda drive.
The road to the Rongwo monastery in Qinghai province, which several foreign journalists visited in recent weeks, was blocked and large military convoys were travelling on nearby roads, said one journalist who returned to Beijing on March 9, 2009.
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Image: A Tibetan man holds a banner during an anti-China rally on the 50th anniversary of the failed uprising that sent the Dalai Lama into exile in front of Chinese embassy in Seoul, South Korea on March 10, 2009.