Tibet Essay Research Paper Tibet is a

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Tibet Essay, Research Paper Tibet is a peaceful country, which has never posed a threat to another nation and has even been thought of as the most religious country in the world. However, Tibet was invaded and annexed by China in 1950. Yet, China asserts that Tibet should be rightfully under its control. They argue that the Tibetans have signed documents that invited the Chinese to occupy Tibet in order to help the Tibetans. The Chinese claim to have greatly improved the conditions of Tibet, bringing them such luxuries as electricity and roads. Despite all of these claims, China has, in reality, illegally occupied Tibet, manipulated Tibetans, caused others to flee, oppressed the religion of Tibet, transferred many Chinese people to Tibet, slaughtered thousands of Tibetans,

violated the rights of Tibetans, and tried to disguise what they have done by using propaganda. Thus, China must leave Tibet and bestow autonomy to Tibet, allowing Tibet to operate independently as they have successfully for centuries before China s invasion. China is a neighbor to the small Buddhist country Tibet. Tibet and China have endured a state of mutual respect for centuries. At other times China invaded Tibet, however Tibet also invaded China in the past. Throughout their history together there is no proof at all that Tibet was ever a part of China (Dalai Lama 57). In the late 1940 s China became a communist government. After their political transfer, China then began to spy on Tibet. Finding that Tibet had a weak military, the Chinese moved their forces to Tibet s

eastern border and then attacked without a formal warning. The Chinese abused Tibetan delegates and forced them to sign a treaty allowing Chinese troops to enter Tibet. The Chinese insisted that they were only in Tibet to help the people and to protect them from imperialist nations, when in fact the Chinese were the only imperialists in Tibet (67). The Chinese said that once they had finished assisting the Tibetans, they would leave; however the Chinese only brought more pain and suffering to the humble Tibetan citizens ( Executive Summary ). The US aided Tibet by launching a covert war beginning in 1956. The US helped to train the Tibetan Khampas, a mountain people that are famous for their horsemanship and sharp shooting. Khampas were then taken to the US and trained by

Americans; afterwards they were returned to Tibet to train their comrades to fight. In spite of this fact, most Tibetan guerrillas died by the hands of the Chinese or committed suicide to evade capture. By the mid 1960 s Washington was putting $1.7 million into this operation, and they did not think that it had much hope of succeeding so support was cut. Eventually all of the Tibetan guerrillas were killed in a large massacre. ( A Secret War on the Roof of the World ) This was not the only resistance to the Chinese. In March of 1959, the Tibetan people rebelled against their Chinese oppressors; however this was unsuccessful. Consequently, from March of 1959 to October of 1960 in Central Tibet eighty-seven thousand Tibetans were killed. The Dalai Lama had to flee to India when he

came under attack. He has been living in India ever since. The consequence of this uprising devastated the Tibetans. Many cultural and religious institutions were demolished. Furthermore, the Chinese massacred several thousand Tibetans. Many thousands more were taken forced into labor and concentration camps, where most died. ( Executive Summary ) Currently, the Dalai Lama is the leader of Tibet in Exile. This is the Tibetan government that resides in Upper Dharmsala in India. The government is made up of the Dalai Lama and several other Tibetan refugees. They have worked diligently for a long time to free Tibet from the Chinese. Though they have been unsuccessful this effort has even won the Dalai Lama the Nobel Peace Prize. Through all of this the Tibetan people continue suffer