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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 Seventeen-Point Agreement

The Seventeen-Point Agreement

(p.140) Chapter 12 The Seventeen-Point Agreement
A Tibetan Revolutionary

Melvyn C. Goldstein

Dawei Sherap

William R. Siebenschuh

University of California Press

Even though the People's Liberation Army had just taken Chamdo by force, the priority was still the peaceful liberation of the rest of Tibet. One of Phüntso Wangye's most important assignments was to try to win over the leading officials the PLA had just captured, especially Ngabö. In addition to spending a lot of time explaining the positive aspects of Chinese policies, he also did everything he could to emphasize how futile it would be for Tibet to try to resist China militarily. They began discussions about the content of what would eventually be called the Seventeen-Point Agreement for the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet. The Tibetan delegation had liked the fact that the agreement as they understood it allowed the traditional government of the Dalai Lama to continue to function internally in Tibet. The members of the Tibetan delegation were happy with his efforts.

Keywords:   Phüntso Wangye, Seventeen-Point Agreement, Peaceful Liberation, Tibet, People's Liberation Army, Chinese policies, Tibetan delegation, China, Dalai Lama

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