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Tibet in History this Week

October 18, 2010

Tibetan Review
October 15, 2010

Oct 1, 2002: US President George W Bush signed
the Tibetan Policy Act (TPA) which established in
law the position of the Special Coordinator for
Tibetan issues at the Department of State with
the central objective to "promote substantive
dialogue between the government of the People's Republic of
China and the Dalai Lama or his representatives."

Oct 1, 2002: The Tibetan-government-in-exile
urged its supporters to suspend anti-China
protests following a visit of envoys of the Dalai Lama to Tibet and China.

Oct 1, 1994: The 10-year-old Karmapa Ugyen
Trinley Dorje was greeted in Beijing by the
Chinese President Jiang Zemin on the occasion of
China's National Day celebrations on the
Tiananmen Square. The official Chinese People's
Daily had him saying, "Long live the People's Republic of China".

Oct 3, 1992: Wei Jingsheng, China's foremost
democracy advocate, wrote a letter to Deng
Xiaoping, condemning his Tibet policy.

Oct 5, 1989: The Dalai Lama won the Nobel Peace
Prize for nonviolent efforts to free his homeland from China.

Oct 5, 1957: The 1,179-kilometre Xinjiang-Tibet
highway was finished and opened to traffic.

Oct 5, 1961: China and Nepal signed border treaty in Beijing.

Oct 7, 1970: The Tibetan Youth Congress was
founded. It has today over 78 worldwide chapters,
mostly in India, and over 30,000 members Oct 10,
1932: The Chinese General Liu Hsiang and the
Tibetan leaders in Kham signed a truce that
established the Yangtse River as the de facto border between Tibet and China.

Oct 10, 1968: During the 23rd session of the UN
General Assembly, the Thai Foreign Minister, Mr
Khoman, raised the issue of "systematic genocide"
of the Tibetans being carried out by China and
criticised the member nations for ignoring the situation in Tibet.

Oct 10, 1977: The 10th Panchen Lama was released
from detention after more than 10 years.

Oct 10, 1980: The Dalai on his first visit to
Canada raised the issue of 2,900 Tibetan refugees
who were to be ousted by Bhutan, and asked Canada
to accept 1,400 of them as the others were being accepted by India.

Oct 11, 1898: British India's political
representative in Sikkim met Chinese and Tibetan
officials at the Yatung trade post, and announced
his government's eagerness to preserve India's
friendly relations with Tibet and to speedily
resolve the border problem between the two countries.
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