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Dharamsala Hosts Discussion on Significance of 1913 Tibeto-Mongol Treaty

January 5, 2011

Friday, December 31 2010 @ 11:44 am GMT

DHARAMSHALA: A two-day discussion*censormode*debate on the historic
significance of 1913 treaty between Mongolia and Tibet is being
organised by the Department of Information and International Relations
at Gangchen Kyishong from 30-31 December.

A group of seven scholars and historians have been invited to make their
presentations and shed lights on the treaty and Tibet's relationship
with Manchu dynasty and Mongolia.

The highlights of the opening session includes a presentation on
"Tibet's relationship with Manchu dynasty before signing the treaty with
Mongolia in 1913" by Mr Kelsang Gyaltsen, a Member of Tibetan
Parliament-in-Exile.

Prof Elliot Sperling, Associate Professor of Tibetan Studies, Indiana
University's Department of Central Eurasian Studies, spoke on the
international reception and circulation of the 1913 Tibeto-Mongol Treaty.

Mr Sonam Gyaltsen, a Tibetan historian presently teaching at the College
of Higher Tibetan Studies near Dharamsala, shed light on Tibet's
relationship with Mongolia before and after the signing of the 1913 treaty.
Prof Tsering Shakya, noted historian and expert on Tibetan studies who
is currently Canadian Research Chair in Religion and Contemporary
Society in Asia at the Institute for Asian Research at the University of
British Columbia, presented a "Comparative study of Mongolia and Tibet
in their search for nationhood in the early part of 20th century".

The presentation was followed by an interactive question and answer with
the members of the audience consisting of senior officials of the
Central Tibetan Administration and members of NGOs.

On the second day, Prof Jampa Samten of the Central University of
Tibetan Studies in Varansi, Mr Chung Tsering, researcher at the
Department of Education of the Central Tibetan Administration and Mr
Tashi Tsering, noted historian and director of Amnye Machen Institute in
Dharamsala, will make their presentations on the treaty.

Earlier on 13-14 October this year, twenty-seven experts from Mongolia,
India, America, Korea, Russia, Canada, Taiwan, Japan, Holland and
Germany gathered for a two-day symposium on the treaty in Monglia's
capital Ulaanbaatar. On the basis of profound research done in Tibetan,
Mongolian, Russian, English and Chinese, the members had concluded the
debate; unanimously agreeing that 99 per cent of "1913 Treaty between
Mongolia and Tibet" is factual and official.

The historic “Treaty of Friendship and Alliance Between the Government
of Mongolia and Tibet” was signed at Urga in January 1913. The treaty,
consisting of 9 Articles, proclaimed the formation of independent states
of Tibet and Mongolia.
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