The Tibet Saga: An Empirical Analysis of Chinese "Sovereignty" and Tibetan Independence.
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In this piece, I hope to provide an insightful look into the nature of the Sino-Tibetan conflict, especially from 1947 until 1951, to provide an empirical framework for a future discussion of self-determination and sovereignty. As Chinese and Tibetan claims tend to have both an empirical and normative claim, both will be discussed in some detail. In the early Chapters, I attempt to highlight the crucial historical events that frame the Tibetan debate. In Chapters 5-9, I claim that the inability of Tibet to reform internally or garner international recognition allowed the People's Republic of China to consolidate its control of Tibet culminating with the signing of the Seventeen-Point Agreement on 23 May 1951. I have decided to use 1947 as the starting point of the main body of my paper based on important world events occurring at that period that would gravely affect the fate of Tibet, namely the independence of India from the British Empire. As Britain had protected the Tibetans from the Chinese, to the extent that bilateral agreements were concluded with Tibet, its withdrawal from Asia paralyzed Lhasa and Tibet was left to face the Chinese alone. Finally, the Epilogue will discuss Sino-Tibetan relations since 1951 and any prospect of an independent Tibetan future.