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Dharamsala and Beijing: the negotiations that never were
In October 1950, Communist China invaded Tibet. After nine years of difficult co-habitation with the occupiers, the Dalai Lama, the young temporal and spiritual leader of the Tibetans, had no choice but to flee his country to take refuge in India.
It took 20 years for the Tibetans to renew a dialogue with the leaders in Beijing. Soon after Deng Xiaoping’s return to power in 1978, the first contacts were made. Using rare documents, this is the story of thirty years of encounters between the Tibetan Administration in Dharamsala and Beijing.
Today the stalemate continues; Beijing refuses to offer any sort of concession to the Dalai Lama’s demand for a genuine autonomy for Tibet. Just like the border ‘talks’ between India and China, the negotiations with Dharamsala have never really started.
Reading through this book one understands how the relations between India and China are inextricably linked to the status of Tibet. Further, the present unrest in Tibet renders China unstable and increasingly belligerent towards India which gave refuge to the Tibetans.
Acknowledgments • Introduction • Prelude • The Last Bridges are Cut • The First Contacts in the Seventies • Seeking the Truth from Facts • Return to Tibet? • Internalization of the Tibetan Issue • Second Uprising and Border Build-up • The Nineties, the Difficult Years • Dharamsala and Beijing: Renewed Contacts • Eight Round and A Special Meeting • A Different Interpretation : The Case of Bapa Phunsok Wangyal • China's Voices of Dissent • Where Do We Go From Here? • Postscript • Annexure–I • Annexure–II • Index
Author: Claude Arpi
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