Tibetans sacred objects found on mainland China
The discovery of ancient and sacred Tibetan objects in the Chinese mainland has been reported by Tibetan Buddhist authorities, who said they were found by a team of divers in the waters of the Yellow Sea, near the Tibetan border.
According to the news agency RFA, the divers discovered an object with a diameter of 3 meters, about 30 feet long, at the bottom of the sea.
The objects were wrapped in the “pale green bamboo” and “yellow silk” cloths, and were covered in a thick layer of leaves, said a statement by the Tibetan Government of Religious Affairs.
The statement added that the objects were buried with the other objects and that the divers had no doubt that they were from ancient times, and had been there since the time of the Great Leap Forward in the late 1960s.
The discovery comes as China prepares to hold a national religious festival, called the Fourth of July, which will mark the anniversary of the beginning of the People’s Republic of China’s formal independence in 1949.
Tibet’s Communist rulers, who are also known as the Dalai Lama, have long denied that they have any role in the country’s history.
The news comes as the Chinese government continues to press for international recognition of its claim to the Dalai Lamas ancestral homeland.
China has been accused of ethnically cleansing Tibetans who are thought to be of Tibetan origin, who number around 1.4 million people.
The country’s new leader, Xi Jinping, has repeatedly expressed his desire for a separate Tibetan state, a demand that the Dalai, who lives in India, has consistently rejected.
The Tibetan government has consistently called for an end to Chinese rule in Tibet, calling for a unified Tibetan state.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.