Yet, you’d be surprised to know that part of Tibetan history included several armed struggles. One of which was the Fifth Dalai Lama’s fight for secular control in 1642. He did so by way of military intervention and with the help of the Mongolian troops.
Even more so, Tibet was home to the once mighty Tibetan Empire whose influence has spread across all of Central Asia, from India to Mongolia around the 7th to 9th century.
The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has been claiming Tibet to be part of China. However, the autonomous Tibetan government maintains its independence as a sovereign state.
It has its own national flag and a functioning political body headed by the Dalai Lama, so why is there still confusion surrounding its sovereignty?
Tibet indeed has a long history of independence ever since the fall of the Qing Dynasty of China in 1912. Mongolia recognized such claims and the Chinese army even left Tibet on its own after that.
However, when Mao Zedong came to power, his government annexed Tibet, making it one of China’s existing provinces in the southwest. The 14th Dalai Lama has been traveling over the globe hoping to make an impact in the international community regarding his benevolent right of legitimate administration of Tibet.
Governments around the world, especially those that undermine China, have been receptive of his claims.
Despite all this, the CCP has been so tactful and wise in its approach to dealing with the Tibetan people. In fact, the Xi Jinping administration, has given top priority to the region’s stability and development, one Report indicated.
Strong investments in infrastructure have further helped increased Tibet’s GDP growth to 10 percent per year. This also translates well to the per capita income of the country which dramatically raises its standard way of living.