China blanketed restive Tibetan areas Thursday with a huge buildup of troops, turning small towns across a wide swath of western China into armed encampments.
Beijing acknowledged that last week's anti-government protests had spread far beyond Tibet's borders and that police opened fire on protesters. It warned foreign tourists and journalists to stay away from a huge expanse of territory across four provinces.
In India, Tibet's government-in-exile said 19 Tibetans died in China's Gansu province in recent days, raising the total death toll from the unrest to 99. Thuten Samphel, a spokesman for the exiled government, gave no details on how the 19 died. China maintains that 16 people have died in the violence and 300 were injured.