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China and Tibet

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Stefan Honegger

on 26 April 2010

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Transcript of China and Tibet

History of Tibetan Resistance under the Communists
Tibet Facts and Figures
Timeline and Major Events
Strategies of the 3 Major Players over Time
Current Aims
Discussion Timeline and Major Events 1950s 1949: Founding of the PRC
1950: Invasion of Tibet
1951: 17-Point Agreement
1959: Uprising and flight into exile of Dalai Lama
1960s 1966 - 1976: Cultural Revolution
1970s 1976: Death of Mao Tsedong
1979: New Prime Minister Deng Xiaoping
1980s 1982: First meeting of Tibet and China since 1959
1987: Five Point Peace Plan by Dalai Lama
1989: Heaviest riots in Tibet (200 deaths)
1989: Nobel Peace Prize for Dalai Lama
1990s 1991: Increased international awareness for Tibet
- First meeting of Dalai Lama with an American
president
Overview 1949 - 1978 1978 - 1988 1988 - Today Strategies of the 3 Major Players
over Time C: Mao’s gradualist policy T:
No clear or unified strategy
Guerrilla movement USA:
Cold War strategy
CIA C: Hard-line cultural policy T: Flight into exile C: Internal reform strategy T:
International campaign
Dalai Lama's middle way USA:
Intensified diplimatic relations with China
Higher policy priority of Tibet T: Giving up claim for independence C: Shift back to hard-line strategy (open door policy) T: Intensification of international campaign USA:
End of Cold War
Peaceful development of China
Congress Tibetan Policy Act of 2002 Current Aims China: Ongoing hard-line policy and forceful repression of Tibetan population

Tibet: Resistance "without" violence and gain international support

USA: Negotiator role between China and Tibet Tibet Facts and Figures
Total population of 5.7 Million
92% Tibetan natives
7% Han and Hui
Economy: agriculture as main sector, increasing importance of tourism
But Tibet still lowest ranking province on UN Developent Index
Highest region in the world
Kingdom of Tibet vs. TAR
Second largest Chinese province Discussion
Hypothetical situation: Tibet is an independent nation!
What are the consequences for the major players?

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