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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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The Return to Batang

The Return to Batang

(p.128) (p.129) Chapter 11 The Return to Batang
A Tibetan Revolutionary

Melvyn C. Goldstein

Dawei Sherap

William R. Siebenschuh

University of California Press

There was a warrant for Phüntso Wangye's arrest and a price on his head when he returned to Batang. The war was not over and the Chinese garrison was still there, so Phüntso and his fellow revolutionaries decided to start their work covertly. They began by contacting former members of their organization and secretly establishing a new organization they called the (Communist) Party Work Committee of the Kham–Tibetan Border Area. There was a new People's Government in China and it was assured that this was a good thing for Tibetans. The Tibetan soldiers fought bravely, but they were no match for the superior numbers and better training of the battle-hardened People's Liberation Army. It was believed that the Chinese Communist Party would create the kind of society Phüntso had dreamed of for Tibet, and he was very much looking forward to playing an important role in that process.

Keywords:   Phüntso Wangye, Batang, Party Work Committee, Kham, Tibet, Chinese Communist Party, Chinese garrison, People's Liberation Army

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