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Tibet in History this Week

July 9, 2010

Tibetan Review.
July 8, 2010

July 1, 2006: The Qinghai-Tibet Railway service
was inaugurated by Chinese President Hu Jintao
and began transporting passengers, in addition to
goods it was already transporting. Trains were
flagged off from both Golmud and Lhasa with great fanfare.

July 2, 1979: The Panchen Lama was "elected" a
deputy from the TAR to the 5th Chinese National
People's Congress. He was also elected a
Vice-Chairman of the Chinese People's Political
Consultative Conference (CPPCC).

July 3, 1914: A convention was signed at Simla
(India) by the plenipotentiaries of British India
and Tibet to ensure that Tibet remained a
peaceful buffer zone between Britain, China and Russia.

July 6, 1935: The Present Dalai Lama was born in
a peasant family in the village of Taktser, Amdo Province.

July 6, 1999: On his 64th birthday, the Dalai
Lama said that he would not be reincarnated in
occupied Tibet, but in a free country outside Chinese control.

July 6, 1983: In an unprecedented show of
defiance, Tibetans in Lhasa celebrated the Dalai
Lama's 48th birthday on Drepung hilltop.

July 4, 1987: Speaking at the 5th session of the
4th TAR People's Congress, the Panchen Lama
demanded that Tibetan be used as the principal language of education in Tibet.

July 6, 2000: On the Dalai Lama's 65th birthday,
the European Parliament adopted a resolution by
majority vote to consider recognising Tibet's
exile government if within three years if China
does not sign an agreement with it to grant Tibet
full autonomy in all areas except defence and foreign policy.

July 6, 2006: Nathu-la was re-opened for border trade between Sikkim and Tibet.
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