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Qinghai bans religious group chats

Authorities in the Chinese northwestern province of Qinghai have announced a ban on group chats with a religious background. Digital communication via social media is punishable from March 1, reported Radio Free Asia (RFA). Tibetan Buddhists are particularly affected by this regulation. Qinghai is one of the largest Tibetan settlement areas outside Tibet. About 1.2 million Tibetans live in the province.

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