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:

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The return of the Dalai Lama from his year-long trip to inland China marked the high-water mark in Sino-Tibetan relations in the 1950s. Mao had won over the Dalai Lama, and it seemed Tibet would now take its place as one of the most important national minority regions of the PRC, gradually being transformed into an autonomous region under the Dalai Lama's leadership. China's success was the result of a carefully thought out and implemented strategy. The architect and director of this moderate Chinese policy toward Tibet was Mao Zedong. To achieve this transformation, Mao crafted a pragmatic “gradualist” policy and directly oversaw its implementation. China eventually was able to induce the Dalai Lama to send representatives to negotiate an agreement known as the Seventeen-Point Agreement.

Keywords: Tibet; China; communism; Mao Zedong; Dalai Lama; gradualist policy; Seventeen-Point Agreement

Chapter.  4366 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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