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China Letter-News and Human Rights

China human rights news with focus on the Uygur of Xinjiang, Tibetans and Tibet, Chinese mining workers, religion, corruption and censorship.

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

China's Tibet Policy -

Map of TibetFor those looking for a quick overview of China's historical relationship with Tibet you can look no further tha the linked article which is a review of a new book entitled China's Tibet Policy by author Dawa Norbu .

Covering the period from the Tang dynasty (AD 618-907) to the present it deals with various eras and how successful the relationship between the two were in those eras compared to today.


The book reviewer claims that:


Most Confucian and Inner Asian societies, which historically engaged in tribute relations with China, have graduated from dependency to independence, but “Tibet alone remains one of those vanished and failed states.” (p.5) More than 40 years after establishing direct rule over Tibet, China faces a never-ending “crisis of legitimacy” with ordinary Tibetans, much more than with smaller national minorities like the Uighurs and the Mongols


I do not know if the author meant "other" smaller national minorities rather than simple "smaller nationalities" because the Uygur in China outnumber the Tibetans by about 2 million. I would also have issues with the assertion that China's "crisis of legitimacy" with the Tibetans is any more or less than the Uygur but I suppose that is a matter of personal opinion.

That aside as a quick history of the Han Chinese and Tibetan historical relationship it is a very good "5 Minute" guide.

China's Tibet Policy - www.phayul.com