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Japan’s Victory In Philippine, Vietnamese, And Burmese Perspectives

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This chapter investigates the allegation that the British had waited to invade Tibet until the Russians were tied down by the war with Japan. The evidence from the innermost sanctum of British power leaves no doubt whatsoever about the baselessness of the allegation that the invasion of Tibet was launched to take advantage of the Russo-Japanese War. The connection between the Russo-Japanese War and the invasion of Tibet was not the simple one that many contemporary critics made out. The evidence shows that the outbreak of war between Russia and Japan made the British government even more reluctant than they had been early in 1903 to march to Lhasa. While the British invasion of Tibet was a tiny military event compared with the Russo-Japanese War, it too had an impact on the chess board of Asian politics.

Keywords: British government; British invasion; Lhasa; Russo-Japanese War; Tibet



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