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The United States Intervenes

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/9780520249417.003.0006
The United States Intervenes

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Shakabpa, the Tibetan government official in India who had taken the lead in communicating with the United States and India, argued strongly that America was sympathetic and that Tibet would receive strong support from it. However, his verbal optimism was met with considerable incredulity from the officials in favor of returning to Lhasa. The United States, of course, was interested in Tibet because American foreign policy at this time was focused on combating and containing communism, which it felt had replaced Nazi fascism as the main enemy of freedom and democracy. Tibet, therefore, was a potent example of Communist aggression against a small, peaceful country. Ambassador Loy Henderson's supportive letter to the Dalai Lama strongly urged him to oppose the Chinese and seek asylum abroad.

Keywords: India; United States; communism; Shakabpa; Tibet; Dalai Lama; Ambassador Loy Henderson; asylum

Chapter.  11432 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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