The Seventeen-Point Agreement

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:
The Seventeen-Point Agreement

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Even though the People's Liberation Army had just taken Chamdo by force, the priority was still the peaceful liberation of the rest of Tibet. One of Phüntso Wangye's most important assignments was to try to win over the leading officials the PLA had just captured, especially Ngabö. In addition to spending a lot of time explaining the positive aspects of Chinese policies, he also did everything he could to emphasize how futile it would be for Tibet to try to resist China militarily. They began discussions about the content of what would eventually be called the Seventeen-Point Agreement for the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet. The Tibetan delegation had liked the fact that the agreement as they understood it allowed the traditional government of the Dalai Lama to continue to function internally in Tibet. The members of the Tibetan delegation were happy with his efforts.

Keywords: Phüntso Wangye; Seventeen-Point Agreement; Peaceful Liberation; Tibet; People's Liberation Army; Chinese policies; Tibetan delegation; China; Dalai Lama

Chapter.  5906 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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