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Started by DonkeyOT on Jul 7, 2019 2:40:13 PM
Why Did China Occupy Tibet?

It doesn't seem to be of strategic importance, and I wouldn't imagine it had much in the way of mineral resources, so what was the point?

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Gotout - 07 Jul 2019 14:47:43 (#1 of 120)

Historically wasn't it once under Chinese rule? Maybe they wanted to restore their ownership.

flossiefoe - 07 Jul 2019 14:49:08 (#2 of 120)

Tibet has been a semi-autonomous province of China since at least the eighteenth century. Placed as it is between India and China it’s of vital strategic importance and, I understand, it has immense mineral wealth.

flossiefoe - 07 Jul 2019 14:52:12 (#3 of 120)

Plus I suspect Mao had ideological reasons for wanting to export the revolution.

tasselhoff - 07 Jul 2019 14:55:51 (#4 of 120)

China seems to be very insistent on what it considers to be its borders. See Taiwan, HK, etc...

Jacob_Richter - 07 Jul 2019 15:00:10 (#5 of 120)

Minerals, water, strategic location, nationalism.

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Arjuna - 08 Jul 2019 08:03:25 (#7 of 120)

The People's Liberation Army was four million strong after it's vistory in the Chinese Civil War, the Empires of European powers were on their knees in Asia, even the USA's resources were stretched. The opportunity to go on the offensive and grab territory that had undoubtedly been a vassal of the Chinese Empire was probably too good to miss.

DonkeyOT - 08 Jul 2019 21:50:48 (#8 of 120)

That sounds very plausible.

YorenInTheNorth - 08 Jul 2019 21:51:53 (#9 of 120)

Perhaps also looking for a clear victory after being cut to shreds in Korea.

moto748 - 08 Jul 2019 21:57:18 (#10 of 120)

Probably an element of pour encourager les autres too.

brooklyn - 08 Jul 2019 22:29:57 (#11 of 120)

hmm. "cut to shreds" -- that picture is perhaps a bit off.

ZimAgain - 08 Jul 2019 22:32:57 (#12 of 120)

Because it was there?

YorenInTheNorth - 08 Jul 2019 22:33:49 (#13 of 120)

They forced a draw but the casualties were obscene.

Overwhelming numbers of peasant conscripts vs well armed professional soldiers.

Arjuna - 08 Jul 2019 22:36:41 (#14 of 120)

China moved into Tibet in October 1950, the same time that it entered the Korean War.

YorenInTheNorth - 08 Jul 2019 22:37:49 (#15 of 120)

Oh I thought it was 1956. Apologies for the error.

brooklyn - 08 Jul 2019 22:47:58 (#16 of 120)

<<They forced a draw but the casualties were obscene.>>

fair.

FGBFGB - 08 Jul 2019 23:02:11 (#17 of 120)

The Chinese intervention in Korea came about because the UN forces headed north across the 38th parallel and they feared that the Americans might roll on across the Yalu in an attempt to oust the Communists - in power for less than a year - and reinstate Chiang Kia-shek. Entering Tibet could be seen in those circumstances as closing a potentially vulnerable back door.

YorenInTheNorth - 08 Jul 2019 23:21:08 (#18 of 120)

#17

Good point. MacArthur didn't help by openly flirting with the Kuomintang (Chinese nationalists in exile in Taiwan).

Arjuna - 09 Jul 2019 08:31:24 (#19 of 120)

Oh I thought it was 1956

that was the year resistance began

Armed conflict between Tibetan guerillas and the People's Liberation Army (PLA) had started in 1956 in the Kham and Amdo regions, which had been subjected to socialist reform. The guerrilla warfare later spread to other areas of Tibet and lasted through 1962.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/1959_Tibetan_upris
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FGBFGB - 09 Jul 2019 08:53:30 (#20 of 120)

#19 with the active involvement of the CIA.

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