Chapter

The Return to 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/9780520240896.003.0012
The Return to Batang

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There was a warrant for Phüntso Wangye's arrest and a price on his head when he returned to Batang. The war was not over and the Chinese garrison was still there, so Phüntso and his fellow revolutionaries decided to start their work covertly. They began by contacting former members of their organization and secretly establishing a new organization they called the (Communist) Party Work Committee of the Kham–Tibetan Border Area. There was a new People's Government in China and it was assured that this was a good thing for Tibetans. The Tibetan soldiers fought bravely, but they were no match for the superior numbers and better training of the battle-hardened People's Liberation Army. It was believed that the Chinese Communist Party would create the kind of society Phüntso had dreamed of for Tibet, and he was very much looking forward to playing an important role in that process.

Keywords: Phüntso Wangye; Batang; Party Work Committee; Kham; Tibet; Chinese Communist Party; Chinese garrison; People's Liberation Army

Chapter.  4729 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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