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Tibet in History This Week

May 19, 2009

Tibetan Review
May 18, 2009

May 18, 1962: The Panchen Lama met with Chinese
Premier Zhou Enlai and made a verbal report on
the content of what later came to be known as his "70,000 Character Petition".

May 20, 1934: Tsipon Lungshar was blinded as
punishment for his involvement in forming the
"Reform Party" which attempted to bring changes in the Tibetan government.

May 20, 1986: The China Tibetology Research Center was established in Beijing

May 22, 1950: China called on Tibet over Radio
Peking to accept 'Tibet's peaceful liberation' and to send representatives.

May 23, 1951: A five-member Tibetan government
delegation led by Kalon Ngabo Ngawang Jigme
signed with the communist Chinese in Beijing an
"Agreement of the Central People's Government and
the Local Government of Tibet on Measures for the
Peaceful Liberation of Tibet".

May 23, 1980: Hu Yaobang, General Secretary of
the Communist Party of china, arrived in Lhasa
and expressed astonishment at the level of
poverty in Tibet. He demanded to know whether all
the money Beijing had poured into it over the
years had been thrown into the Yarlung Tsangpo
River. He said the situation reminded him of colonialism.

May 23, 1991: The US Senate and the House of
Representatives passed a "Sense of the Congress"
resolution, recognising Tibet, including those
areas incorporated into the Chinese provinces of
Sichuan, Yunnan, Gansu, and Qinghai, as an
occupied country under established principles of
international law and "whose true representatives
are the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan
Government-in-Exile as recognised by the Tibetan people."

May 23, 2004: China's Information Office of the
State Council issued a white paper on "Regional Ethnic Autonomy in Tibet".

May 1955: Many refugees from Kham and Amdo
streamed into Central Tibet following large-scale
atrocities by invading Chinese troops.

May 1958: Deng Xiaoping, the Secretary of the
Chinese Communist Party Central Committee,
formally approved the construction of the site
for China's Northwest Nuclear Weapons Research
and Design Academy (the Ninth Academy) in Haibai
(Tibetan: Tsojang) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province.

May 1980: The Tibetan government in exile sent to
Tibet a second and a third fact-finding missions,
made up of youngsters and educationists, respectively.

May 1982: Over 115 Tibetan political activists
were arrested and were branded as "delinquents" and "black marketeers".

May 1996: Monks of Gaden Monastery in Tibet
clashed with the Chinese police when the latter
came to confiscate the photos of the Dalai Lama.
More than 60 monks were arrested.

May 1990: China announces new plans for birth
control in Tibet, underscoring ongoing reports of
forced abortion and sterilisation of Tibetan women as well as infanticide.

May 1994: US President Bill Clinton delinked
human rights from consideration of granting Most
Favoured Nation (MFN) trading status to communist China.
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