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China and Tibet - Historical Territorial Integrity, Rights to Self-Determination, and The Anatomy of Compromise

“The issue involved is the extinction of the people, the Tibetan People…No sir, what I have in mind is the extinction of the Tibetans as a distinct people, with its traditions, its own way of life and its own type of religion.”

Tsiang, China’s Permanent UN Representative, 1953

“The Communist have, for the past 50 years, imposed their revolution upon unwilling Tibetan peasants and nomads, and have ruled Tibet by threat, or often the actual use, of force. But force alone cannot, in the long-run sustain any illegitimate domination.” Dawa Norbu, 1999

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The Dalai Lama is confident that Tibet is illegally occupied by China; therefore in accordance with UN Charter and International Law, by which China must adhere by, Tibetans deserve the right to self-determination.

The Tibet question has reached a critical juncture in its long history. It remains uncertain weather the conscience of the world and its great powers will continue to tolerate the expansion of Communist China at the expense of the peaceful Tibetan people. As there is no international consensus as to the legal rights of nationalities and states, I would suggest the Tibet question be approached from the study of the social sciences. A compromise must be reached that recognizes each country’s chief concerns. This “middle ground” solution would focus on protecting Tibetan’s individual rights to self-decision, within a framework that would insure the People’s Republic of China domestic and international stability.

The History of Sino-Tibetan Relations

Sino-Tibetan relations can be traced back 1,500 years, but the People Republic of China officially recognized Chinese jurisdiction over Tibet beginning in the thirteenth century, under the Yuan Dynasty. Chinese officials proclaim that “for more then 700 years the Central Government of China has

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