The Panchen Lama and the People’s Liberation Army

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 Panchen Lama and the People’s Liberation Army

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Another thorny problem still outstanding in these early months was the return of the Panchen Lama. In addition to the lack of a unified strategy within the Tibetan government, there was also a long-term divisive conflict between Tibet's two greatest lamas, the Panchen Lama and the Dalai Lama. Throughout the 1950s, this conflict was like a dangerous riptide pulling all sorts of issues into its midst, not only on the Tibetan side, but also on the Chinese side, where it created a deep split between the leaders of the Northwest and Southwest Bureaus in Tibet.

Keywords: Panchen Lama; Dalai Lama; Tibetan government; Southwest Bureau; Northwest Bureau

Chapter.  16323 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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