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A History of Modern Tibet, volume 2The Calm before the Storm: 1951-1955$
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Melvyn Goldstein

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520249417

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520249417.001.0001

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Tibetan Perspectives

Tibetan Perspectives

Contacts with the Chinese Communists

(p.41) Chapter 2 Tibetan Perspectives
A History of Modern Tibet, volume 2

Melvyn C. Goldstein

University of California Press

The Tibetan government, for its part, was also pursuing a two-track approach. On the one hand, its main effort was focused on securing military and diplomatic support for its de facto independence. To this end Tibet sent appeals to Western nations such as Britain and the United States and started reinforcing its army along the Chinese border. In December 1949, for example, it decided to send three high-level missions to the United States and India, Great Britain, and Nepal to explain its precarious situation and seek assistance. On the other hand, it also decided to make contact with China and formed a fourth mission for this purpose. This mission, led by Tsipön Shakabpa and the monk official Mindrubu, arrived in Kalimpong on 7 March 1950. The internal instructions reveal the tremendous gap still existing between the views of the leaders of Tibet and those of China.

Keywords:   Tibetan government, military support, United States, India, Britain, China, Tsipön Shakabpa

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