The Return of the Panchen Lama

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 Return of the Panchen Lama

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With the Dalai Lama back in Lhasa, a key issue for the Chinese was ensuring that the Panchen Lama returned to Tibet with his rights and powers restored. It was at their insistence that this issue had been included as part of the Seventeen-Point Agreement. Despite this inclusion, Mao and the Central Committee had decided to treat Tibet as a unified entity, with the Dalai Lama as the head. In keeping with this, Mao had rejected the Back and Front Tibet model advocated by the Panchen Lama. Mao, therefore, from the start, saw the promotion of unity between the Panchen Lama and the Dalai Lama as being in China's interests. After the danger of the sitsab and the People's Association had dissipated, the Panchen Lama and his group arrived in Lhasa on 28 April 1952.

Keywords: Panchen Lama; Dalai lama; Chinese; Tibet; Seventeen-Point Agreement; Mao Zedong; Lhasa

Chapter.  4958 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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