Chapter

To Lhasa Again

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/9780520240896.003.0014
To Lhasa Again

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The agreement was now signed and Tibet ready to be peacefully liberated. But a significant problem remained. The central government wanted to make direct contact with the Dalai Lama as soon as possible and persuade him to return to Lhasa. There was pressure to get Ngabö and the agreement to Lhasa as quickly as possible, so when Ngabö reached Chamdo, a small advance group of five hundred to six hundred troops under the command of Wang Qimei was organized and sent ahead with him. Wang simply had no feelings for Tibetans or their culture. He was also suspicious of Ngabö. The Lukangwa incident was a wake-up call that had shown just how difficult it was going to be to build real trust between the Tibetan government and the central government.

Keywords: Lhasa; Dalai Lama; Ngabö; Wang Qimei; Lukangwa; Tibetan government; central government

Chapter.  4189 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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