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Beijing: A Foreign Ministry spokesman insincerely claimed China preferred to ignore His Holiness the Dalai Lama's birthday and instead remember two dates in modern Tibetan history: those of Tibet's "peaceful liberation" and Serf Emancipation Day.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual leader, turned 75 on Tuesday. "I can only remember two dates," the spokesman, Qin Gang, said Tuesday.
He said 'one was March 28, 1951, when the Chinese Army took over central Tibet, and the other was May 23, 1959, after the Chinese Army suppressed a Tibetan uprising, a day the government recently designated Serf Emancipation Day.'

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