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Winds of Change

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/9780520249417.003.0016
Winds of Change

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With the Kashag now in charge on the Tibetan side and Mao directly controlling and moderating operational decisions in Tibet on the Chinese side, a new era of cordiality and cooperation began. The dire predictions of the Chinese destroying religious and social institutions had not transpired. The Chinese were respectful of Tibetan customs and institutions and were not trying to incite class hatred among the masses. And critically, Mao Zedong had ordered the Tibet Work Committee not to pursue the contentious issues of creating a military-administrative committee and of merging the Tibetan army into the PLA. With the sitsab gone, both sides now moved cautiously forward to create new institutions and organizations in Tibet. One of the first of these new ventures was the opening of Tibet's first modern primary school in Lhasa.

Keywords: Kashag; Mao; China; Tibet; PLA; Tibet Work Committee; Lhasa school

Chapter.  10853 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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