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Tibet in History this Week

November 16, 2009

Tibetan Review
November 15, 2009

Nov 7, 1957: Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai wrote to
his Indian counterpart Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru,
suggesting that the armies of the two countries
evacuate 20 kilometres away from the McMahon Line
and the line of control. Now China totally
rejects the line, which was drawn in 1914 at
Shimla, India, as an imposition by Britain. China
at that time did not ratify the treaty because of
its rejection of the Sino-Tibet border
demarcation, not the Indo-Tibet delineation.

Nov 7, 1950: The Tibetan government at Lhasa
appealed to the Secretary General of the United
Nations seeking intervention after Chinese troops
captured the strategic eastern capital of Chamdo.
The letter reminded him, "the United Nations has
decided to stop aggression wherever it takes place."

Nov 14, 1904: The 13th Dalai Lama entered Urga in
Mongolia to seek asylum in the face of imminent
arrival of a British military expedition in Lhasa.

Nov 17, 1950: The 14th Dalai Lama accepted the
Kashag's request to take over the reins of
government following the prophecies of Nechung
and Gadong oracles and the resignation of regent Taktra.

Nov 17-22, 2008: A total of 560 exile Tibetan
officials, representatives, activists and others
held a Special Meeting in Dharamsala called by
the Dalai Lama under Article 59 of the Charter of
the Tibetans in Exile. The meeting resolved to
"follow the guidance of His Holiness the Dalai
Lama based on the prevailing situation from time
to time". A majority suggested that further talks
with China be halted and that the middle way
policy be given up if it yields no positive results "in the near future".

Nov. 19, 1993: President Clinton urged Jiang
Zemin to negotiate with the Dalai Lama during a speech in Beijing.
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