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Tibet in History this Week

September 14, 2010

Tibetan Review
September 12, 2010

Sep 9, 1976: China's great helmsman Mao Zedong died.

Sep 9, 1965: China formally established the Tibet
Autonomous Region (TAR), constituted roughly by
the area demarcated as Outer Tibet under the 1914
Shimla Convention. However, following Mao's death
on the same day in 1976, the TAR's founding anniversary was shifted to Sep 1.

Sep 9, 1951: Around 3,000 Chinese PLA troops
marched into Lhasa (to be soon followed by some
20,000 more) from Eastern Tibet and East
Turkestan in the north, occupying Ruthok, Gartok, Gyantse and Shigatse.

Sep 13, 1983: About 370 monks were surrounded by
1,000 Chinese troops, who beat them up and dumped
them into waiting trucks. The monks were trying
to rebuild a part of Gaden monastery near Lhasa,
which had been completely destroyed during the Cultural Revolution (1966-76).

Sep 13, 1957: China renamed a portion of southern
Kham province as Dechen Tibetan Autonomous
Prefecture and annexed it to its Yunnan Province.

Sep 18, 1997: the Assembly of Tibetan People's
Deputies (ATPD, as the Tibetan
Parliament-in-Exile was known by then) passed a
unanimous resolution to adopt the Dalai Lama's
Middle Way Approach for the settlement of the
Tibet issue. A resolution to review the approach
was passed in 2003. However, the ATPD voted back
for the Middle Way Approach in May 2004.

Sep 16, 1950: Yuan Chung-hsien, the new Chinese
ambassador to India, told Tibetan delegate
Shakabpa in New Delhi that China would under no
circumstance hold talks related to Tibetan independence.
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