China has inaugurated a new national holiday, Serf Liberation Day, to mark the 50th anniversary of a failed Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule. Beijing claims today marks the end of feudalism under Tibet's spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.
Chinese Web-users have found themselves unable to visit the video sharing website YouTube since Monday evening as the authorities have blocked the popular platform. March marks the first anniversary of the Tibet riots, a sensitive period for Beijing.
South Africa has refused to grant a visa to the Dalai Lama, who was invited to the country to meet with other Nobel laureats. A presidential spokesman said it would distract from the 2010 World Cup, which the nation is hosting.
Chinese police detained more than 90 Tibetan monks after at least 100 people attacked a police station in the town of Rabgya, state media have said. The protests take place 50 years after a failed uprising against Chinese rule in the province.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has called on France to clarify its stance on Tibet, saying problems had emerged between the two countries "due to the high-profile meetings between French leaders and the Dalai Lama".
After easing restrictions during the 2008 Olympics, Chinese authorities are again clamping down on foreign journalists, barring them from talking to Tibetans and blocking them from hotels, says FRANCE 24's Henry Morton in western China.
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi meets US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday amid a tense US-China naval standoff in the South China sea. Rifts also emerged between the two countries over Tibet.