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Tibet in History this Week

November 4, 2009

Tibetan Review
October 30, 2009

Oct 26, 1950 -- India's Foreign Ministry reacted
to the Chinese aggression in Eastern Tibet by
sending a sharp note to Beijing, saying the
invasion "cannot but be regarded as deplorable
and in the considered judgement of the government
of India, nor in the interest of China or peace."
Oct 29, 2008 -- Britain's foreign secretary,
David Miliband, discarded his country's view of
Tibet as being under the suzerainty" rather than
"sovereignty" of China, calling it an
"anachronism" "based on the geopolitics of the time", ie, the early 1900s.
Oct 28, 1991 -- US President, George Bush, signed
into law a non-binding Congressional resolution
declaring Tibet "an occupied country under
established principles of international law,
whose true representatives are the Dalai Lama and
the Tibetan Government as recognized by the Tibetan people."
Oct 30, 1950 -- The US ambassador to India,
Henderson in a conversation with GS Bajpai of the
Indian Foreign Office asked whether India would favour US assistance for Tibet.
Oct 1900 -- The Russian government newspaper
Journal de Saint Petersburg reported that on Sep
30, 1900, Czar Nicolas II had received Ngawang
Lobsang Dorjieff, a confidante of the 13th Dalai Lama, in Lividia Palace.
Oct 1962 -- The Tibet Work Committee told the
Panchen Lama that he had made serious mistakes by
penning the "70,000 Character Petition" which
contained criticisms of Chinese policies in Tibet.
Oct 1980 -- The third fact-finding delegation to
Tibet led by Jetsun Pema of the exile Tibetan
government returned, confirming that the
standards of education there were deplorably low.
Oct 31-Nov 5, 2008 -- Envoys of the Dalai Lama,
led by Lodi Gyari and Kelsang Gyaltsen, presented
to their Chinese counterpart a memorandum on
genuine autonomy for Tibet, which China later
condemned as a form of demand for independence.
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