India, Dec. 6 -- China has lately become very fond of archaeology though it is mainly a 'political' archaeology. On December 1, Xinhua published an article titled: 'Qinghai-Tibet Plateau first conquered by humans at least 30,000 years ago.' Does this mean that China conquered Tibet much earlier than thought? History books tell us that the People's Liberation Army (PLA) entered Eastern Tibet on October 7, 1950.

The news agency explained the earlier 'occupation': "Thousands of stone artifacts recovered from a paleolithic site in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) in southwest China indicate that humans might have conquered one of the highest and most ecologically-challenging places on the globe."

A total of 3,683 stone artifacts have been ...