In October 1950, Communist China invaded Tibet. After nine years of
difficult co-habitation with the occupiers, the Dalai Lama, the young
temporal and spiritual leader of the Tibetans, had no choice but to
flee his country to take refuge in India.
It took 20 years for the Tibetans to renew a dialogue with the leaders
in Beijing. Soon after Deng Xiaoping’s return to power in 1978, the
first contacts were made. Using rare documents, this is the story of
thirty years of encounters between the Tibetan Administration in
Dharamsala and Beijing.
Today the stalemate continues; Beijing refuses to offer any sort of
concession to the Dalai Lama’s demand for a genuine autonomy for Tibet.
Just like the border ‘talks’ between India and China, the negotiations
with Dharamsala have never really started.
Reading through this book one understands how the relations between
India and China are inextricably linked to the status of Tibet.
Further, the present unrest in Tibet renders China unstable and
increasingly belligerent towards India which gave refuge to the