The Historical Status of China’s Tibet (part 7)

  • Wang Jiawei
  • Jiawen Gyaincain


In 1965, the Tibet Autonomous Region was founded. On the basis of the general democratic election conducted across the region, and with ratification from China's National People's Congress (NPC), it convened its first people's congress on September 1 to elect the people's committee (i.e. people's government). For the first time in Tibetan history, laboring people and patriotic persons became masters of their own affairs. The people's government, working for the interests of Tibetan people, enjoyed their warm support and was strong and vigorous.Van Praag, however, says this action imposed a kind of political system identical to other areas of the People's Republic of China on Tibet. He also advocates "national self-determination" for Tibet, and accuses the CPC of "betraying" this principle it had put forward in earlier years.