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The Advance PLA Force Arrives in 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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520249417.003.0009
The Advance PLA Force Arrives in Lhasa

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On 9 September 1951, approximately six hundred troops of the Eighteenth Army Corps's Advance Force, under the command of Wang Qimei, arrived in Lhasa accompanied by Ngabö.These were the first PLA troops to enter Lhasa, so the Chinese wanted to make their entry impressive. For the first weeks after their arrival, the new Chinese military officials paid courtesy visits to Tibet's top officials. During these visits, the Tibetan officials continued to be polite, albeit noncommittal about accepting the Seventeen-Point Agreement, except for Lukhangwa, who showed increased hostility and anger. With all of Tibet's key officials now back in Lhasa and thousands more PLA troops on the way, the maneuvering between the sitsab-led Tibetan government and the Chinese side began over how to operationalize the Seventeen-Point Agreement.

Keywords: Wang Qimei; Lhasa; PLA; Tibet; Seventeen-Point Agreement; Lukhangwa

Chapter.  17370 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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