clipped from: www.dailykos.com
Currently, The US regards Tibet as part of China and has officially stated so as early as July 1942
We needed China's help against the Japanese and agreed with Chiang Kai-shek that Tibet was part of China.
Mao's victory in China
After the "liberation" of Tibet by the CCP, the Dalai Lama moved from Lhasa to a town near the Indian border
He appealed to America
none was forthcoming and he sent a letter to Beijing to negotiate
In May 1951, the 2 groups agreed on what is known as "The Seventeen Point Agreement".
The Dalai Lama was approximately 16 years old at the time.
the young boy returned to Lhasa to try to live under the 17 Point Agreement.
In September 1951, Ameria again reached out to the Dalai Lama promising that if he ignored the 17 Point Agreement, renounced Communism and fled to India the US would officially adopt the position that the DL was the "head of autonomous Tibet" and would support his " return to Tibet at the earliest practical moment
Again he refused and stayed in Lhasa until 1959. The events that led to his fleeing to India began in 1956 following a series of revolts in Kham,
The CIA supplied weapons and training to the Tibetan resistance in Khan in 1957.
An uprising in Lhasa in 1959 finally sent the Dalai Lama into exile.
The CIA continued to support the rebels and set up a training camp in neighboring Nepal to infiltrate into Tibet as well as funds and non-military support for the Dalai Lama. A training site in Colorado was also funded in 1964.
Rejecting autonomy, the DL asked America in return to support his desire for total independence and was rebuked repeatedly by the Eisenhower Administration. (links on page 4 of PDF)
An then along comes Tricky Dicky
he Unites States halted all support for the Tibetans and ceased to use the term "Autonomous Country"
Deng Xiaoping opened China and invited the DL to secret face-to-face meetings in Beijing in 1982 and 1984. Deng reversed the policies of the Cultural revolution and allowed the TAR (Tibet Autonomous Region) to restore Tibetan culture to a degree.
H. H. Dalai Lama would not accept autonomy and Deng would not allow independence.
in 1984. The Dalai Lama demanded in 1984 that China should grant Tibetans in "all parts of China" political autonomy
He wanted self-rule for all Tibetans everywhere in China.
The Chinese began to develop Tibet
he Dalai Lama began a world crusade to draw attention to human rights issues,
In September 1987
5 point plan.
The first point was that the whole of Tibet be turned into a "zone of peace". This would also include ethnographic Tibet, including the provinces of Qinghai, Gansu Sichuan and Yunnan.. This would require the removal of all Chinese military bases and troops from these provinces.
The other 4 points were irrelevant , this was the deal breaker.
The ethnographic DMZ will never be recognized by China.
notice the neighboring countries that are near or share borders with the yellow ethnographic Tibet area.
Pakistan, Afghanistan, Burma, Vietnam, Laos and India. All are either historical enemies with invasion routes into China, current trade partners or routes for oil pipelines.
The map shows six of the worlds largest rivers draining from the Plateau: the Indus (Gar) drains the southwest, the Bramaputra (Yarlung Tsangpo) drains the southern and southeastern area, the Salween (Nu), Mekong (Lancang) and Yangtze (Jinsha) drain the central and eastern areas, and Yellow (Huang) drains the northeastern area. The northern and northwestern areas have no external drainage and are characterized by many large lakes. The plateau is occupied by about four million Tibetans who raise yaks and sheep on tundra above the timberline, but over half of the worlds population lives in the drainage basins of these six rivers.
The Dalai Lama is the spiritual and political leader of Tibetan Buddhist worldwide
recent events show us that a certain element of his followers are not following his wishes (nor the teachings of Buddha). When asked to tell the rioters to stop the killing of Chinese citizens, he said he had no control of the situation.
There appears to be a schism between Tibetan activists and H.H. The Dalai Lama.
In its meeting in August 1998, the TYC (Tibetan Youth Congress) pointed out the total lack of results of the non-violent path.
In recent years the TYC has adopted an increasingly aggressive stanc
pointing out that violent resistance movements have often succeeded in gaining independence.
He points out that it would be suicidal for five million Tibetans to adopt violent methods in confronting China, a nation of 1.2 billion people with an army of five million.
The rogue element seems to have a different agenda than their King.
The world is already bent over the barrel by fundamentalist religious extremists with political power that fortuitously sit on most of the planet's oil. Some were our friends in the past. Now they are not. The only positive is that they don't also have control of 1/2 of the world's water as well.
who would select the next Dalai Lama, and that was that it may not be left an open question to be decided after the death of this Dalai Lama, but that there was some other route to selection open - that of choosing a successor while the current Dalai Lama was still alive
planning to put in place a transition to a split political and religious leadership in the near future, with the Dalai Lama holding the religious side, of course, and a figure more like a prime minister being appointed somehow
more to do with the dicey situation with China, and the age of the current Dalai Lama, and wanting to avoid having all the power in one set of hands,
And from the young generation of Tibetan activists
I'd say that your sense that they are not likely to take instruction on political matters such as independence is correct