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A Tibetan RevolutionaryThe Political Life and Times of Bapa Phuntso Wangye$
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Melvyn Goldstein

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520240896

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520240896.001.0001

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From Lhasa to Yunnan

From Lhasa to Yunnan

(p.113) Chapter 10 From Lhasa to Yunnan
A Tibetan Revolutionary

Melvyn C. Goldstein

Dawei Sherap

William R. Siebenschuh

University of California Press

The group's trip to Chamdo was uneventful. However, Phüntso Wangye's meeting with Yuthok was not. He arrived in Lhasa at the end of 1947 together with his brothers Chömpel and Thuwang. Phüntso confessed to his uncle that he had tried to establish a guerrilla force in Kham, and that he had failed and had had to run for his life. His uncle wanted to get him a job teaching music at the Chinese government school in Lhasa. Phüntso thought this would dispel suspicions on the part of the Lhasa government. As 1949 unfolded, the air in Lhasa grew full of excitement and tension. There was a plan for the revolutionaries to liberate the southern part of Kham while they continued to work in northwest Yunnan. As they set off to liberate Batang and the south of Kham, the revolutionaries were enthusiastic and committed. They were now a part of the Chinese Communist Party.

Keywords:   Phüntso Wangye, Lhasa government, Yunnan, Chinese Communist Party, Batang, Kham, Chinese government

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