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Chinese Invasion Of Lhasa And Tibet'S Struggle To Maintain Her Independence

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Through the last years of the Qing Dynasty, the border regions became increasingly chaotic. Chinese factions and individual warlords, including the notorious Zhao Erfeng, began to encroach on Tibetan territory. Shakabpa demonstrates that China's bold thrust for power in Lhasa backfired by driving the Dalai Lama more firmly towards the British. Shakabpa begins this chapter by backtracking in time in order to contextualize the conflicts along the Sino-Tibetan borderlands and elsewhere in Kham at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th. Shakabpa cites an extensive letter recording the Dalai Lama's understanding of Sino-Tibetan relations and the contemporary situation.

Keywords: China; Dalai Lama; Lhasa; Tibet

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