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20july20102Bejing: China's foreign affairs spokesperson, Qin Gang, has declared Tibetans are benefiting from Chinese rule. Speaking at a routine press conference on July 15, he said, "Facts speak louder than words...Tibet's economy and social undertakings have continued to advance, human rights for Tibetans are fully guaranteed and people from different ethnic groups are leading a secure happy life".

However, when asked about the recent visit of a group of overseas journalists to Tibet, organised by the Chinese foreign ministry, and their reports that Tibetans are living under oppression, Mr Qin responded, "A few words to the reporters - hope they may cover Tibet based on reality rather than imagination," adding, "Since they are living and working in China, the most basic rule is to abide by China's laws and regulations".