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Tibet in History this Week

August 15, 2010

Tibetan Review
August 13, 2010

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 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 5, 1943:: The British foreign secretary
Anthony Eden presented to the Chinese foreign
minister TV Soong a confidential memorandum on
Tibet, which said that Tibet had been independent
in a de facto sense since 1911.

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.

Aug 8, 1895: The Thirteenth Dalai Lama Thupten
Gyatso assumed political power in Tibet.

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 formulated 'considerations' regarding the
opening of a consulate in Tibet's border town of
Kangding (Tibetan: Dhartsedo) with the aim to
establish direct relations with Tibet and in
order to keep constant watch on the development
of relations between the Dalai Lama and the
Chinese emperor. A recently discovered letter
from the 13th Dalai Lama to the Russian Czar sent
in 1912 through his personal emissary Agvan
Dorjiev shows that the Tibetan ruler sought a
legally binding military and diplomatic treaty
between Russia and Tibet in order to strengthen
Tibet's status as an independent country.
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