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Proof Of Tibet'S Enduring Independence

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When the Dalai Lama returned to Lhasa early in 1913, he set out in a purposeful fashion to consolidate Tibet's claims to independence. In the wake of his far-flung travels, the Dalai Lama realized how important it was for Tibet's future to remain involved with other nations. The Tibetan government began to place a greater emphasis on developing its military capabilities. Britain provided weapons and military supplies to Tibet, and as a sign of their enhanced relationship, Tibet offered troops to Britain at the commencement of hostilities in World War I in Europe. At the same time, some Tibetan soldiers were trained under Japanese, Russian, and British officers, whereupon the government determined that they would henceforth follow British military traditions. Various other reforms were directed to modernizing Tibet.

Keywords: Dalai Lama; independence; Tibet

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