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Tibet’s First Steps toward Socioeconomic Reform

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/9780520249417.003.0018
Tibet’s First Steps toward Socioeconomic Reform

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The removal of the sitsab placed Ngabö in a powerful position, and he set out to use this to reform Tibet from the inside. Ngabö believed that in the long run Tibet could not retain estates and serfs as a part of Communist China. But he was also convinced that it would be best for Tibet if Tibetans themselves took the lead in reforming the current system. Doing this, he felt, would also show the Chinese that the Tibetan government was a good partner for bringing Tibet and Tibetans into the mainstream of the People's Republic of China. The other Kashag ministers were more neutral but realized that change on some level was necessary so, in the new atmosphere after the fall of the sitsab, agreed to Ngabö's plan for Tibet to start its own reform program.

Keywords: sitsab; Ngabö; Communist China; Tibet reform; Kashag ministers

Chapter.  4500 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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