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Tibet in History this Week

August 16, 2009

Tibetan Review
August 14, 2009

Aug 13, 1962: China convenes the 6th Enlarged
Meeting of its Tibet Work Committee, presided
over by Tan Guansan, the PLA military commander
in Tibet. At its end, a policy guideline of "Four
Documents" was issued with a view to rectify
policy mistakes pointed out by the Panchen Lama
in his 70,000-character petition.

Aug 14, 1901: Russia's ministry of foreign
affairs formulates 'considerations' regarding the
opening of a consulate in Kangding (Tibetan:
Dhartsedo) with the aim of establishing direct
relations with Tibet and in order to keep
constant watch on the development of relations
between the Dalai Lama and the Chinese emperor.

Aug 15, 1906: In a treaty without Tibet's
participation, Britain recognizes Chinese suzerainty over Tibet.

Aug 15, 1980: The second fact-finding delegation
of the exile Tibetan government returned to India
after nearly three months. The visit had been cut
short by six days, following what was called by a
group of foreign journalists as the "Lhasa
incident" of July 28, when there was a massive
public display of loyalty to the Dalai Lama.

Aug 17, 1951: The Dalai Lama returned to Lhasa
from Tibet's border town of Dromo (Yatung), after
the 17-Point Agreement was signed on May 23,
hoping to renegotiate a more favourable treaty with China.

Aug 1966: Red Guards from the Nationalities
Institute in Tibet and from the Central Institute
of Nationalities picked up the Panchen Lama from
his Beijing residence and subjected him to
Thamzing (struggle session) at the Xiannongtan
Sports Stadium, in spite of Zhou Enlai sending
the People's Liberation Army (PLA) and Xu Bing,
the head of the United Front Work Department, to
dissuade the Red Guards from doing so.
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