17-Point Agreement Pdf
The People`s Liberation Army crossed the Jinsha River on October 6 or 7, 1950 and defeated the Tibetan army on October 19.   Instead of continuing the military campaign, China asked Tibet to send representatives to Beijing to negotiate an agreement. The Dalai Lama believes that the draft agreement was written by China, and Tibetan representatives were not allowed to propose changes. China did not allow Tibetan representatives to communicate with the Tibetan government in Lhasa. The Tibetan delegation was not allowed to sign by Lhasa, but eventually came under pressure from the Chinese to sign anyway using specially crafted seals for this purpose.  The head of the Tibetan delegation Ngapoi Ngawang Jigme said he had the power to sign an agreement.  In 1951, the United States informed the Dalai Lama that, in order to obtain U.S. assistance and support, he had to leave Tibet and refuse “forced agreements” between representatives of Tibet and China.  In 2012, the Dalai Lama mentioned that the seventeen-point agreement had been signed in the spirit of one country, two systems.  The third point of the agreement: “The Tibetan people have the right to exercise national regional autonomy under the unified leadership of the central government.” 17. This agreement enters into force immediately after the signatures and seals have been put in place. Following the occupation on 23 May 1951 of the capital of the eastern province of Chamdo, the People`s Republic of China (CHINA POPULAR REPUBLIC), Tibet forced to sign the 17-point agreement on measures for the peaceful liberation of Tibet.
The alternative, according to the occupying forces, is an immediate military operation in the rest of Tibet. Photo after Claude Arpi`s exhibition. Many believe that the 17-point agreement with China was the end of Tibetan independence. No, the 17-point agreement is an important document to prove that Tibet was an independent nation. The agreement is also proof that China has agreed on the “one country, two systems” formula for Tibet.