China sentences Tibetan activist to 5 years for separatism


BEIJING — China has sentenced a Tibetan language activist to five years in prison for inciting separatism after he appeared in a documentary video produced by The New York Times.

Tashi Wangchuk’s lawyer Liang Xiaojun told The Associated Press that a judge in Qinghai province passed down the sentence on Tuesday.

Tashi, 32, was detained in 2016, two months after the video and accompanying article were published, and went on trial in January. He had pleaded not guilty. Liang said Tashi planned to appeal.

The case highlights the authoritarian government’s sensitivity to issues involving ethnic minorities — especially Tibetans and Uighurs native to the northwestern region of Xinjiang — as well as the risks Chinese citizens run when criticizing government policies to foreign media.

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