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Tibet in History this Week

April 27, 2009

Tibetan Review
April 24, 2009

April 20, 1908: China and British India signed a
Tibet Trade Regulations. Tibetan Minister Tsarong
who took part in it as a subordinate of the
Chinese representative was later tried and
executed for having signed it against Tibet's
interests and without authorization.

April 20, 1920: A Chinese Mission that had come
to Lhasa to negotiate with the Tibetan government
after the failure of the Simla Convention of 1914
left for Peking without reaching any agreement with Tibet.

April 20, 1956: The Preparatory Committee for the
Founding of the Tibet Autonomous Region (PCART)
was set up and the Dalai Lama appointed its director.

April 24, 1982: A high-ranking three-member
delegation of exile Tibetan officials left India
for Beijing "to continue the contact with Peking
that has been established since 1979".

April 25, 1989: The 11th reincarnation of the
Panchen Lama, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, was born in
Lhari district in Nagchu Prefecture, Tibet.

April 1772: Warren Hastings, the governor of
Bengal, issued instructions for closer ties with
Tibet. He had, at that time, dispatched an
Anglo-Indian armed detachment to Bhutan and the
Panchen Lama had sent a message to him.

April 1960: The Afro-Asian Council convened in
Delhi a convention on Tibet and Against
Colonialism in Asia and Africa. The members
strongly condemned China's military take-over of Tibet.

April 1969: A nine-member committee of Members of
Parliament of India was formed in New Delhi at
the initiative of Mr MC Chagla, former Minister
of External Affairs, to focus the nation's
attention on Tibet. Mr Chagla became the Chairman of the Committee.

April 1991: The Greenpeace exposed Chinese plans
to ship toxic waste from the US to Tibet.
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