Political Conflict Project – Tibet – Reagan McFarland

On October 7th, 1950, 40,000 – 80,000 Chinese Army Soldiers invade the territory of Tibet. Despite the self sacrifice of the monks in attempts to gain national attention, the Tibetans were on their own. In less than a year, the 15 year old leader of Tibet, the 14th Dalai Lama, went to China to discuss a peace treaty with the Chinese People’s Liberation Supreme Leader Mao. It wasn’t until May 23rd, 1951, when the Tibetan delegation and the Chinese People’s Liberation signed the Seventeen Point Agreement for the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet. This peace treaty was ignored by the Communist People’s Liberation and kept pouring in their soldier’s, killing hundreds of thousands of Tibetan civilians. The Dalai Lama desperately  tried to reach a peaceful resolution until 1959, when he had to seek political asylum in India. This conflict resulted in a mass refugee flow from Tibet to India.

          Dalai Lama at age 14

The Tibetan view of this conflict was that they were being unfairly persecuted because for their religious beliefs. Their 15 year old leader, the Dalai Lama, spent almost a decade trying to reach a peaceful agreement with no success. This resulted in Tibet feeling like second-class citizens in their own country.

The Communist People’s Liberation was whatever Supreme Leader Mao’s agenda was. His view of this conflict was that Tibet was his to do with as he pleased.  He wanted to eradicate religion, so Tibet had to fall in line. He did not care about the Tibetan people, he cared about his influence on the world.

The Seventeen Point Agreement for the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet.

A possible resolution for peace is that Tibet and China work together to fabricate a new peace treaty with strong political support from the United States. This way, if China fails to comply, Tibet has the military support of the strongest nation in the world. To ensure that China would not ignore the treaty, the United Nations Peacekeeping branch will be responsible for monitoring the two entities. Failure of China to obey this treaty would result in permanent removal from the United Nations and potential military actions from the United States.


4 thoughts on “Political Conflict Project – Tibet – Reagan McFarland

  1. This possible resolution for peace sounds like a very good idea, but it is unlikely to happen while China holds a seat on the security council. This really shows how over centralized and unbalanced the UN is. It is interesting that China chose to invade while the Dalai Lama was still young. I wonder what would have happened if they had waited until he was more experienced.


  2. The resolution for peace you recommended sounds like a great idea but the American backup that you talked about supporting doesn’t seem like it would be the right course of action as we already buy a bunch of our products from the Chinese so I highly doubt that they won’t stop trading with us if this course of action was taken.


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