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Initial Contacts and Strategies

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/9780520249417.003.0008
Initial Contacts and Strategies

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The challenge for the Dalai Lama was to develop a strategy for Tibet to coexist successfully as part of the People's Republic of China. A new era in Tibet was clearly beginning, but it was not at all clear how Tibet would best achieve its goals. Getting the Tibetan local government to sign the Seventeen-Point Agreement and allow Chinese troops and officials to enter Tibet peacefully was only the first step in Mao's Tibet strategy. Mao wanted more — to integrate Tibet harmoniously into the Communist Chinese state. In the traditional Tibetan polity, the people had no say in political affairs and were prohibited even from publicly criticizing the government. But times were changing, and later, a real people's association would become a political player, confronting the Chinese and almost precipitating a deadly outbreak of violence in Lhasa.

Keywords: Communist Chinese state; Tibet; Dalai Lama; Lhasa; Mao; Seventeen-Point Agreement

Chapter.  17784 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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