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Tibet in History this Week

August 9, 2009

Tibetan Review
August 8, 2009

Aug 2, 1979:: The first exile Tibetan government
fact-finding delegation of five members left
Dharamsala for Tibet. Its aim was to "understand
the new leaders of China,... and assess the true conditions in Tibet".

Aug 3, 1904:: British troops led by Colonel
Younghusband enters Lhasa without any resistance
from the Tibetans. The 13th Dalai Lama had already fled Lhasa by then.

Aug 5, 1943:: the British foreign secretary
Anthony Eden presented to the Chinese foreign
minister TV Soong a confidential memorandum on
Tibet. The Eden memorandum was noteworthy for the
very blunt first paragraph, which said that Tibet
had been independent in a de facto sense since
1911. But in the radically changed political
situation today, especially in light of the
current financial crisis when Britain seeks
Chinese cooperation, Foreign Secretary David
Miliband told the country's parliament last year
that his country would no longer adhere to its
policy of recognizing China as having only
Suzerain, rather than sovereign, authority over Tibet.

Aug 4, 1950:: The US consul-general in Calcutta
met with Tsipon Wangchuk Deden Shakabpa of Tibet
and indicated the US's willingness to support Tibet with military equipment.

Aug 6, 1948:: An "informal" meeting between a
Tibetan government trade mission and the US
Secretary of State takes place, with the former
expressing a wish to purchase 50,000 ounces of gold.
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