The Historical Status of China’s Tibet (part 4)
The People’s Republic of China (PRC) was founded on October 1, 1949, and the Central People’s Government under the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC) became the sole legitimate government of China. This government immediately won extensive recognition from many countries, and won the natural qualification to exercise sovereignty over the whole of the Chinese territory.
From the winter of 1949 to the spring of 1950, the Central People’s Government planned the peaceful liberation of Tibet. In the spring and summer of 1950, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) marched toward Tibet. After having overcome foreign obstructions, put to rout the resistance by Tibetan separatists and beaten the harsh highland environment, the PLA advance troops arrived in Lhasa and various major towns and border areas in 1951. China’s five-star red flag fluttered over the Himalayas. China thus succeeded in the peaceful liberation of Tibet, completing the holy task of unifying the mainland. From then on, Tibet no longer operated under the yoke of foreign forces, and returned to the big family of the motherland known for its national unity and fraternity.
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