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Tibet in History This Week

April 29, 2009

Tibetan Review
April 27, 2009

April 27, 1906: The Tibetan Government rejected a
Sino-British Adhesion Agreement signed in Beijing
to validate a 10-article Anglo-Tibet convention
signed at Lhasa on March 17, 1904 in the
aftermath of the Younghusband Expedition. The
agreement shifted the responsibility for
implementing the 1904 agreement from Tibet to
China's imperial government, which was excluded from the term "Foreign Power".

April 28, 1952: The 10th Panchen Lama arrived in
Lhasa and had his first meeting with the Dalai Lama at the Potala Palace.

April 28, 1952: The 10th Panchen Lama arrived in
Lhasa and had his first meeting with the Dalai Lama at the Potala Palace.

April 29, 1943: The British Foreign Office sent a
proposal to withdraw British recognition of
Chinese suzerainty over Tibet to the India
Office, the Government of India's headquarters in
London. The letter emphasised the benefits this
would bring to India with regard to defence and
the settlement of the Indo-Tibet border
questions. However, recently, on Oct 29, 2008,
Britain's foreign secretary, David Miliband,
discarded his country's view of Tibet as being
under the suzerainty" rather than "sovereignty"
of China, calling it an "anachronism" "based on
the geopolitics of the time", ie, the early 1900s.

April 29, 1951: Negotiations for the so-called
"17-Point Agreement" opened between the Tibetan
delegation led by Ngapo Ngawang Jigme and the Chinese government.

April 29, 1954: India and China signed the
Panchsheel Agreement on trade with Tibet,
recognizing Tibet as a Chinese region.

April 29, 1961: The Standing Committee of the
PCART passed a law requiring all monks and lamas
to attend political studies groups.

April 29, 1994: A US State Department
Authorization Bill mandated annual reports on
developing relationship between the US and exile
Tibetan Government and requested the State
Department to list Tibet under a separate state heading in all of its reports.

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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