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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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Childhood in Batang

Childhood in Batang

(p.6) (p.7) Chapter 1 Childhood in Batang
A Tibetan Revolutionary

Melvyn C. Goldstein

Dawei Sherap

William R. Siebenschuh

University of California Press

Batang has always been politically troubled, and Phüntso Wangye's later life as a Tibetan revolutionary is rooted in its turbulent history and the experiences of his childhood there. The Khampas have always deeply resented being ruled by outsiders, and there were repeated uprisings against the Chinese officials and troops in the area. Kesang Tsering defeated the Chinese troops and ruled Batang. The Chinese were not going to take such a defeat lightly, and other forces began to gather against Kesang almost immediately. The stalemate ended abruptly when word arrived that Liu Wenhui had sent an army from Tartsedo to retake Batang. The Chinese soldiers took possession of the town uncontested. When they approached, the Tibetan government troops withdrew across the Drichu River and returned to the garrison at Markam. After the executions, Batang went back to normal. However, feelings were running high about the killings and the rule of General Liu.

Keywords:   Phüntso Wangye, Batang, childhood, Kesang Tsering, Liu Wenhui, Chinese soldiers, Tibetan government troops, Drichu River, Markam

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