Tibets Political Status Essay

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Tibet is a much disputed region with a long and complicated history. Invaded by its neighbours as well as Britain, the issue of who Tibet belongs is hard to resolve. If one were to speak of a nation, then that is ethno cultural distinction, with a certain set of requirements to be fulfilled, then the Tibetan people will count as a nation. Being a nation in the academic sense however does not guarantee that nation any formal political status, as political status in the real world has more to with which entity which is able to exercise power and control over a territory. The Tibetan people fulfil every common criterion for nationhood; they share a common descent, religion, culture, an ancestral homeland and language. They have also been long periods in history when the Tibetan nation governed itself, i.e. there was a Tibetan state. As the power of the Tibetan state waned, the Chinese Empire which had been on the borders of the Tibetan state extended its influence into Tibetan territory and eventually came to dominate all of the Tibetan plateau. With the decline of Qing China in the late 18th century as well the emergence if the British as a major factor in the politics of the region, allowed the Tibetan nation to acquire increasing autonomy from the Qing Dynasty and at the turn of the 20th century with the complete downfall of the Qing dynasty and the establishment of the Chinese Republic meant that the Chinese nation was unable to exert any meaningful influence in Tibetan territory and for the first time in centuries the Tibetan nation was a state, and was lead by the Dalai Lama The re-emergence of Chinese power in the 1950s saw the invasion and annexation of Tibetan plateau by the Peoples Republic of China, the retreat of the Dalai Lama form the Tibet and the rise of the Chinese Communist Party as the dominant political entity. The Tibetan nation has for last

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