Tibet`sinvasion by the Chinese People`s liberation Army in 1951 has been metby different
reactionsfrom different individuals and countries worldwide. It is the aim ofthis essay to potray
thereasons, dilemas and offer recommendations to this turmoil that iscurrently on-going and has
beenon-going for a long period of time with the hope of making thesituation better if not ending
WhenTibet obtained its defacto independence,both its political and socio-economic systems
resembledMedieval Europe, however, all attempts by the 13th Dalai Lama tomodernise and
enlargethe Tibetian army from then up to 1933 were opposed greatly bympowerful monks and
aristocratshence failed. It was also diplomatically isolated from theinternational republic which
didnot help its case (Thomas, 2006).
In1949, in an attempt to remain independent, Tibet expelled the Chinesedelegation and then
laterthat year sent letters to US State department, Mao Zedong and GreatBritain which stated
thatit was ready to defend itself from the PRC troops "by allpossible means." Tibet`s army was
inno condition ready to defend itself and after failed negotiations,the PRC invaded and took
controlof Tibet ( McCarthy 2006).
Tibetis located in the center of the Asia hence making it have aconsiderable geosstrategic
positionfrom demography,economical geography and a physical point ofview.Also, Tibet`s rich
subsoil ethnic aspects and geopolitical nature pushed China to annexit.It was during the time of
thechinese revolution in 1912 that Tibet proclaimed its independencewhen it was bought from
Englandby China for 2 million rupees. This is believed to be partly thereason China eventually
invadedin 1950. In addition, since the 13th century China has always claimedTibet as part of its
TheSoviet Union alliance with the Popular republic of China in thebeginning of the 50`s gave
Chinamore reason and grounds to annex Tibet in to its territory. Inaddition, when the Tibet`s
NationalAssembly wrote to the O.N.U, there were no responses to stop theChinese invasion in
toTibet. In short, countries remaining deaf to Tibet`s calls made iteasy for the invasion
Thekillings of various individuals over the years, many includedTibetian commandos and CIA
agentssignaled the beginning of Chinese aparthy (Penny, 2002). There wereguerrilla ambushes
againstthe PRC which were all suppressed, a short war with India but themost significant the
expileofp the Dalai Lama who was followed by hundreds and later thousandsof Tibetians
TheChinese government should consolidate all of Tibet by reducing thepolitical struggles
amongall the ethnic communities : Tibetians, Mongols, Manchus amongothers. Chinese
foreignpolicy towards Tibet`s Independence should change to allow them betotally independent
ofChina who should help Tibet modernise and grow their economy anddevelopment. The
internationalcommunity should also consolidate funds for Tibet
AlthoughChina`s invasion has generated negative effects, there are alsopositive outcomes that
havecome from their invasion which should not be over looked.
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