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Tibet in History this Week

October 25, 2010

Tibetan Review
October 20, 2010

Oct 17, 2007: The US President George W Bush
presented to the Dalai Lama the US Congressional
Gold Medal, the country's highest civilian honour.

Oct 17, 1934: Tibet told a Kuomintang Chinese
mission its final decision to retain its
independent national identity. The Huang mission
had come to Tibet to condole the death of the
13th Dalai Lama and also to induce Tibet to agree
to be one of the five races (ethnic groups) that
made up the new Republic of China.

Oct 5-19, 1950: Some 40,000 Chinese troops
invaded Chamdo in eastern Tibet and began to enter western Tibet.

Oct 26, 1950: India's Foreign Ministry reacted to
the Chinese aggression in Eastern Tibet by
sending a sharp note to Beijing, saying the
invasion "cannot but be regarded as deplorable
and in the considered judgment of the government
of India, nor in the interest of China or peace."
In the wake of China's recent moves to question
India's sovereignty over Jammu and Kashmir state,
calling it a disputed territory to support
Pakistan's position, strong calls have been
raised in India to revisit New Delhi's position
on the Tibet issue, especially in terms of
emphasizing the "autonomous" character of India's
recognition of it as part of the PRC.

Oct 28, 1991: US President, George Bush, signed
into law a non-binding Congressional resolution
declaring Tibet "an occupied country under
established principles of international law,
whose true representatives are the Dalai Lama and
the Tibetan Government as recognized by the Tibetan people."

Oct 29, 2008: In a statement in the House of
Commons, Britain's foreign secretary David
Miliband discarded his country's view of Tibet as
being under the "suzerainty" rather than
"sovereignty" of China, calling it an
"anachronism" and one "based on the geopolitics
of the time", ie, the early 1900s.

Oct 30, 1950: The US ambassador to India,
Henderson, in a conversation with GS Bajpai of
the Indian Foreign Office asked whether India
would favour US assistance for Tibet.

Oct 31 - Nov 5, 2008: Envoys of the Dalai Lama,
led by Lodi Gyari and Kelsang Gyaltsen, presented
to their Chinese counterpart a memorandum on
genuine autonomy for Tibet, which China later
condemned as a form of demand for independence.

Oct 1900: The Russian government newspaper
Journal de Saint Petersburg reported that on Sep
30, 1900, Czar Nicolas II had received Ngawang
Lobsang Dorjieff, a confidante of the 13th Dalai Lama, in Lividia Palace.

Oct 1962: The Tibet Work Committee told the
Panchen Lama that he had made serious mistakes by
penning a "70,000 Character Petition" which
contained severe criticisms of Chinese policies in Tibet.

Oct 1980: The third fact-finding delegation to
Tibet led by Mrs Jetsun Pema of the exile Tibetan
government returned, confirming that the
standards of education there were deplorably low.
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