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Chinese Perspectives

Melvyn C. Goldstein

in A History of Modern Tibet, volume 2

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780520249417
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933323 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520249417.003.0002
Chinese Perspectives

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On 27 May 1951, the sixteen-year-old Dalai Lama was living in Yadong, where he and his leading officials had moved a few months earlier so that they could easily cross into India if the People's Liberation Army (PLA) were to invade Central Tibet suddenly. He was shocked to hear that a “Seventeen-Point Agreement for the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet” had been signed on 23 May by the People's Republic of China (PRC) and the “local” government of Tibet. It came about through a shrewd Chinese policy that was crafted and personally directed by Mao Zedong and applied a combined diplomatic and military pressure against an ill-prepared and weak Tibetan government.

Keywords: Mao Zedong; People's Liberation Army; Dalai Lama; China; Tibet; Seventeen-Point Agreement

Chapter.  10219 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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