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Tibetans keep tensions under surface 10 years after riots

Suicide protests have waned but fear persists over China's Dalai Lama stance

Heavy security was not much in evidence during a recent annual festival around a Tibetan Buddhist temple in Tongren County in Qinghai Province.

BEIJING -- Ten years after riots raged across parts of China with large Tibetan populations, there are now few signs of ethnic tension. Since Chinese troops suppressed unrest in both the Tibet Autonomous Region and neighboring Qinghai Province in 2008, stability -- or at least the appearance of it -- has returned.

Notably, acts of self-immolation to protest Chinese rule have become rare.

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