Essay about Chinese Occupation of Tibet

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Chinese Occupation of Tibet

In 1949, China entered Tibet using military force and has been occupying the country since. During China’s occupation of Tibet, countless human rights violations have been committed towards the Tibetan citizens. By killing off and forcing millions of Tibetans out of their country, destroying most of the Tibetan monasteries and forcing Communist beliefs on the Tibetans, China has succeeded in permanently altering the Tibetan culture. Tibet has received some support from the US and other countries in the UN but not enough to free them from China’s occupation. Many individual countries as well as the UN have given recognition to the human rights violations in Tibet but to date no countries have
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Tibet continued to consider itself an independent nation until the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) invaded Tibet with the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). The PLA has occupied Tibet ever since and the Tibetan culture has never been the same.

The CCP succeeded in seizing control over the Tibetan government upon their invasion and occupation of the nation in 1949 and within ten years the PLA had made significant progress in converting traditional Tibetan to new Communist ideals. China made a more official move to promote this conversion in 1965 when Mao Tse-tung called for a “Cultural Revolution” against “national minorities.” This mainly applied to Tibetans and it showed his intentions to destroy what he called the “four olds” (old ideas, old culture, old tradition and old customs). (Smith, 541) In effect his goal was to eliminate all of the Tibetan culture dating before 1949. He created the Cultural Revolution Group, which organized the Cultural Revolution and used the PLA to enforce it in Tibet.

Red Guard groups were sent to Tibet to destroy all forms of Tibetan culture, sacred and artistic, and replace them with Chinese equivalents where possible. Tibetan names were removed from billboards and placards and replaced

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