The Tibetan People’s Association

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 Tibetan People’s Association

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Tibetan politics traditionally was the prerogative of a tiny elite of lay and monk officials. There was no notion of popular democracy. However, the signing of the Seventeen-Point Agreement and the arrival of thousands of Chinese officials and troops led to the emergence of an organization of nonelite Lhasa residents whose aim was to influence political affairs independently of the government. Called the Mimang Tsondu (People's Association/Assembly), not only was it anti-Chinese and anti-communist, but also it was critical of the Tibetan government, which it felt was weak and ineffectual in dealing with the Chinese. The association's activities almost precipitated an outbreak of Sino-Tibetan fighting in the spring of 1952.

Keywords: Tibetan politics; popular democracy; Seventeen-Point Agreement; Lhasa residents; Mimang Tsondu; Tibetan government; Sino-Tibetan fighting

Chapter.  13158 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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