The Historical Status of China’s Tibet (part 2)

  • Wang Jiawei
  • Nyima Gyaincain


The Yuan Dynasty was toppled in 1368, making way for the Ming Dynasty (1368 -1644). The new dynasty continued the effective rule over Tibet, with the emperor maintaining the emperor-minister relationship with administrative and religious leaders in the Tibetan areas.     Van Praag and Xagabba, however, claim the Ming Dynasty held no interest in Tibet and the Ming emperor regarded Tibet as an independent state to the west and sought only harmony between the Han and Tibetan peoples through a lama-patron relationship.     Let us closely examine these fallacies.