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The Seventeen Point Agreement was put into effect only in Tibet proper; ergo, eastern Kham and Amdo, being outside the administration of the government of Tibet, were treated like territory belonging to any other Chinese province , with land reform implemented in full. As a result, a rebellion broke out in these regions in June The rebellion eventually spread to Lhasa, but was crushed by The 14th Dalai Lama and other government principals fled to exile in India.
Beginning in the s the Central Intelligence Agency trained Tibetans as paramilitaries. Agents of Western governments had infiltrated Tibet by the mids, a few years after Tibet was annexed by the People's Republic of China. British MI6 agent Sydney Wignall, in his autobiography,  reveals that he and John Harrop travelled to Tibet together in posing as mountaineers. Captured by the Chinese authority, Wignell recalled that he was surprised to find two CIA agents were already under Chinese detention.
Clandestine military involvement by the U. Several small groups of Khampa fighters were trained by the CIA camp and then airdropped back into Tibet with supplies.
In , with the rebellion in Kham ongoing, two of these fighters, Athar and Lhotse , attempted to meet with the Dalai Lama to determine whether he would cooperate with their activities. However, their request for an audience was refused by the Lord Chamberlain, Phala Thubten Wonden , who believed such a meeting would be impolitic.
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Nor did he inform the Dalai Lama of American willingness to provide aid. Following a mass uprising in Lhasa in during the celebration of the Tibetan New Year and the ensuing Chinese military response, the Dalai Lama went into exile in India. After , the CIA trained Tibetan guerrillas and provided funds and weapons for the fight against China. However, assistance was reduced during the course of the s and finally ended when Richard Nixon decided to seek rapprochement with China in the early s. The Dalai Lama said in his autobiography that his brothers were responsible and that they didn't tell him about it, knowing what his reaction would be.
The government in exile say they knew that the CIA trained and equipped Tibetan guerrillas who raided Tibet from a base camp in Nepal, and that the effect of those operations "only resulted in more suffering for the people of Tibet. Worse, these activities gave the Chinese government the opportunity to blame the efforts of those seeking to regain Tibetan independence on the activities of foreign powers--whereas, of course, it was an entirely Tibetan initiative.
The status of Tibet before , especially in the period between and , is largely in dispute between supporters and opponents of Tibetan independence. According to supporters of Tibetan independence, Tibet was a distinct nation and state independent between the fall of the Mongol Empire in and subjugation by the Qing Dynasty in ; and again between the fall of the Qing Dynasty in and its incorporation into the PRC in Moreover, even during the periods of nominal subjugation to the Yuan and Qing, Tibet was largely self-governing.
As such, the Central Tibetan Administration CTA views current PRC rule in Tibet as illegitimate, motivated solely by the natural resources and strategic value of Tibet, and in violation of both Tibet's historical status as an independent country and the right of the Tibetan people to self-determination. On the other hand, opponents assert that the PRC rules Tibet legitimately, by saying that Tibet has been part of Chinese history since the 7th century as the Tibetan Empire had close interactions with the Chinese dynasties through royal marriage.
In addition to the de facto power that the Chinese has since then, Yuan Dynasty conquest in the 13th century and that all subsequent Chinese governments Ming Dynasty , Qing Dynasty , Republic of China , and People's Republic of China have been exercising de jure sovereignty power over Tibet. In addition, as this position argues that no country gave Tibet diplomatic recognition between and , they say that China, under the Republic of China government, continued to maintain sovereignty over the region, and the leaders of Tibet themselves acknowledged Chinese sovereignty by sending delegates to the following: the Drafting Committee for a new constitution of the Republic of China in , the National Assembly of the Republic of China in , the fourth National Congress of the Kuomintang in , a National Assembly for drafting a new Chinese constitution in , and finally to another National Assembly for drafting a new Chinese constitution in The PRC also points to what it calls the autocratic and theocratic policies of the government of Tibet before , as well as its renunciation of South Tibet , claimed by China as a part of historical Tibet occupied by India , as well as the Dalai Lama's association with India, and as such claims the CTA has no moral legitimacy to govern Tibet.
Tibetan exiles generally say that the number that have died in the Great Leap Forward , violence, or other unnatural causes since is approximately 1. According to Patrick French , a supporter of the Tibetan cause who was able to view the data and calculations, the estimate is not reliable because the Tibetans were not able to process the data well enough to produce a credible total, with many persons double or triple counted. There were, however, many casualties, perhaps as many as , Smith made from census reports of Tibet which show , "missing" from Tibet.
The Central Tibetan Administration also says that millions of Chinese immigrants to the TAR are diluting the Tibetans both culturally and through intermarriage. Exile groups say that despite recent attempts to restore the appearance of original Tibetan culture to attract tourism, the traditional Tibetan way of life is now irrevocably changed. It is also reported that when Hu Yaobang , the general secretary of the Communist Party of China , visited Lhasa in , he was unhappy when he found out the region was behind neighbouring provinces.
Reforms were instituted, and since then the central government's policy in Tibet has granted most religious freedoms. But monks and nuns are still sometimes imprisoned,  and many Tibetans mostly monks and nuns continue to flee Tibet yearly. At the same time, many Tibetans believe projects that the PRC implement to benefit Tibet, such as the China Western Development economic plan or the Qinghai-Tibet Railway , are politically motivated actions to consolidate central control over Tibet by facilitating militarization and Han Chinese migration while benefiting few Tibetans; they also believe the money funneled into cultural restoration projects as being aimed at attracting foreign tourists.
They also say that there is still preferential treatment awarded to Han Chinese in the labor market as opposed to Tibetans. The government of the PRC claims that the population of Tibet in was about 8 million. It claims that due to the 'backward' rule of the local theocracy, there was rapid decrease in the next two hundred years and the population in was only about one million.
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According to the PRC the increase is viewed as the result of the abolishment of the theocracy and introduction of a modern, higher standard of living. Based on the census numbers, the PRC also rejects claims that the Tibetans are being swamped by Han Chinese; instead the PRC says that the border for Greater Tibet drawn by the government of Tibet in Exile is so large that it incorporates regions such as Xining that are not traditionally Tibetan in the first place, hence exaggerating the number of non-Tibetans. The government of the PRC also rejects claims that the lives of Tibetans have deteriorated, pointing to rights enjoyed by the Tibetan language in education and in courts and says that the lives of Tibetans have been improved immensely compared to the Dalai Lama's rule before The China Western Development plan is viewed by the PRC as a massive, benevolent, and patriotic undertaking by the eastern coast to help the western parts of China, including Tibet, catch up in prosperity and living standards.
However, Tenzin Gyatso , the current Dalai Lama , the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists, is no longer calling for independence. He has spoken in many international venues, including the United States Congress , and the European Parliament.
In , he has also started campaigning for a peaceful resolution to the issue of the status of Tibet, and has since then advocated that Tibet should not become independent, but that it should be given meaningful autonomy within the People's Republic of China. This approach is known as the "Middle Way". Some organisations either support the "Middle Way" or do not adopt a definitive stance on whether they support independence or greater autonomy. Such organisations include:.
The Tibetan independence movement receives considerable publicity from celebrities in the United States and Europe , although much of their support comes under a non-specific banner of "Free Tibet", without specifying whether they support independence for Tibet, or the kind of greater autonomy within China advocated by the Dalai Lama. Richard Gere is one of the most outspoken supporters of the movement and is chairman of the Board of Directors for the International Campaign for Tibet. Actress Sharon Stone caused significant controversy when she suggested that the Sichuan earthquake may have been the result of "bad karma," because the Chinese "are not being nice to the Dalai Lama , who is a good friend of mine.
He also claims to have the special ability of clairvoyance ; in a November interview, he stated: "I was born very different, clairvoyant and a healer". The Milarepa Fund is an organisation which organises concerts to give publicity to the Tibetan independence movement. The fund was named after Milarepa , the revered 11th-century Tibetan yogi, who used music to enlighten people. It was originally established to disburse royalties from the Beastie Boys album Ill Communication in , to benefit Tibetan monks who were sampled on two songs.
Inspired by this tour, they began to organise a concert to promote Tibetan independence, in the style of Live Aid.
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It also reportedly led to the growth of Tibetan independence organisations such as Students for a Free Tibet and Free Tibet Campaign worldwide. Gorillaz , the virtual band have shown support through a TV spot showing animated frontman, 2D, meditating with fellow supporters outside of the Chinese embassy, followed by a brief message encouraging people to join the Free Tibet Campaign.
Tibetan independence movement. Redirected from Tibetan Independence Movement. Main article: History of Tibet. Map of East Asia in , showing Qing China.