Exploration on the Historical Roots of “Tibet Independence” From the View of British Military Invasions Into Tibet in Late Qing Dynasty
Since the middle of the 13th century, Tibet has come within the territorial jurisdiction of Chinese government and has been an inseparable part of China’s territory. The problem of so-called “Tibet independence” only appeared in the recent 100 years. It is the outcome of the imperialist aggression, intervention and plotting in modern times, as well as the conspiracy of the western anti-China forces in contemporary times. Looking back at the history of British twice military invasions of Tibet which happened over one hundred years ago and analyzing the reasons for the failure of the Qing administration and Tibetan local government against the British, we can detect the historical roots of so-called “Tibet independence” and have a better understanding towards the nature of the problem, so as to get some enlightenment about how to handle the issue properly in today’s complicated international environment.
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