The Dalai Lama Returns to Lhasa

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:
The Dalai Lama Returns to Lhasa

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The final decision about whether the Dalai Lama should return to Lhasa came after a three-day Assembly meeting of all government officials present in Yadong in early July 1951. The largest group in Yadong was composed of officials who felt strongly that the Dalai Lama should return to Lhasa. While the United States was the only outside country that had offered Tibet any support, it had not offered a real hope of preventing the Chinese takeover or of Tibet regaining control in the near future. A second problem with the Americans' offers was that they were invariably contingent on the cooperation of the Government of India. The Dalai Lama's immediate future, therefore, was now committed to dealing with Zhang Jingwu and his comrades in a way that would preserve his authority and the integrity of Tibetan religion and society, albeit as an integral part of China.

Keywords: Lhasa; Yadong; Dalai Lama; Tibet; United States; Chinese takeover; India; Zhang Jingwu

Chapter.  12913 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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