Tension in Lhasa

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:
Tension in Lhasa

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The Dalai Lama arrived in Lhasa on April 1, 1957. In the summer of 1957, Phüntso Wangye returned to Beijing to attend that year's session of the National People's Congress. Not long after he arrived, Wang Feng invited him to meet with him and asked him about the situation in Tibet. The Tibetan government retained judicial authority over Tibetans, so any intervention by them to settle a conflict between a lord and his serf would constitute a direct challenge to their authority. As more and more armed Khampas poured into Lhasa, rumors arose that they and the Tibetan government were planning to attack the People's Liberation Army militarily. In the midst of the volatility and political tension caused by the Khampas collecting in Lhasa, Phüntso went to Beijing to attend the 1958 session of the National People's Congress.

Keywords: Lhasa; National People's Congress; Beijing; Wang Feng; Tibet; Tibetan government; People's Liberation Army; Khampas; Phüntso Wangye

Chapter.  4789 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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