The Tibetan government-in-exile functions both adequately and admirably in the role of supporting Tibetans both in exile and in Tibet. While Chinese explanations for considering Tibet a part of China are most often reasonable, they tend not to reflect the nature of the relationship between the two countries accurately. In fact, the same can be said of the Tibetan government-in-exile regarding reasons Tibet is not a part of China. The government-in-exile has acted reasonably well in its attempts to regain Tibet, proceeding in negotiations with China and advocating its cause throughout the world while maintaining a non-violent approach. However, if the government-in-exile wishes to accurately portray the history of its relations with Tibet, it will have to amend some of its misleading statements in favor of the cause of independence.
Reviewing a history of the role and form of the Tibetan government as well as relations between China and Tibet will help provide the best foundation for arguments for and against considering Tibet a part of China. Many of the arguments each side presents for their cause rely on how they view the history of their relations. An interesting note regarding history is that the Tibetans have little interest in it unless it centers on religion. Tibetan monks, in fact, do not read history as they might otherwise lose time to focus on texts of religion and philosophy.
According to archaeologists, human settlements in the area known as Tibet started appearing between 12,000 and 6,000 BC. Until the seventh century AD, there was no written language and little organization beyond a tribal level. Attempts at establishing a clear history before the seventh century...
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