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Tibet in History this Week

May 26, 2009

Tibetan Review
May 25, 1991

May 25, 1991: Construction of Yamdrok Tso
hydroelectric station began despite Tibetan
protests over ecological damage to central Tibet's principal lake.

May 26, 1978: A Kyodo news agency interview
carried in the Japan Times said that the Dalai
Lama would give up the demand for a "free Tibet"
if he were convinced that the Tibetans were happy under the Chinese rule.

May 27, 1975: Tibetan female mountaineer Pan Duo,
with 8 male mountaineers, reached the top of Mt Everest.

May 29, 1990: Asia Watch issues its first report
exclusively on conditions in Tibet.

May 30, 1906: Nicolson, the British Ambassador to
Russia, presented to the Russians a draft 5-point
Agreement between the two countries over the strategic Tibet question.

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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