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The Return to Lhasa

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/9780520249417.003.0022
The Return to Lhasa

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After an amazing six months in Beijing and inland China, on 12 March 1955, the two lamas and their entourages set off for Qinghai Province to start their trip back to Tibet. Whenever the Dalai Lama went to visit Chinese cities, the top officials, such as the governor and the first party secretary, always personally welcomed him if they were in town. The Dalai Lama arrived in Lhasa on 23 June 1955. For Mao, the trip was a resounding success. His gradualist strategy had set out to win over the Dalai Lama and then work down through him to transform Tibet and Tibetans. For the Dalai Lama, the trip was also a great success. He now felt that Tibet could fit into the new China as an autonomous region run by Tibetans so consequently felt great optimism and hope for the future.

Keywords: Tibet; inland China; Beijing; Dalai Lama; Panchen Lama; Mao; gradualist strategy

Chapter.  8889 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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