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Childhood in Batang

Melvyn C. Goldstein, Dawei Sherap and William R. Siebenschuh

in A Tibetan Revolutionary

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780520240896
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940307 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520240896.003.0002
Childhood in Batang

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Batang has always been politically troubled, and Phüntso Wangye's later life as a Tibetan revolutionary is rooted in its turbulent history and the experiences of his childhood there. The Khampas have always deeply resented being ruled by outsiders, and there were repeated uprisings against the Chinese officials and troops in the area. Kesang Tsering defeated the Chinese troops and ruled Batang. The Chinese were not going to take such a defeat lightly, and other forces began to gather against Kesang almost immediately. The stalemate ended abruptly when word arrived that Liu Wenhui had sent an army from Tartsedo to retake Batang. The Chinese soldiers took possession of the town uncontested. When they approached, the Tibetan government troops withdrew across the Drichu River and returned to the garrison at Markam. After the executions, Batang went back to normal. However, feelings were running high about the killings and the rule of General Liu.

Keywords: Phüntso Wangye; Batang; childhood; Kesang Tsering; Liu Wenhui; Chinese soldiers; Tibetan government troops; Drichu River; Markam

Chapter.  2938 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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