100 Years Ago Today

A History Of Events And Happenings From Exactly One Hundred Years Ago

Ceasefire In Tibet

In 1247 the Mongols became de facto rulers of Tibet and Kublai Khan declared Buddhism the state religion of his empire. In 1720 the Manchus conquered Tibet. In 1904 British troops entered Tibet from India but soon withdrew. After the 1911 Revolution, Chinese troops seized power in Tibet. In August 1912 Great Britain’s ambassador to the new Republic of China relayed a message announcing that Britain would accept China’s suzerainty over Tibet as long as Chinese troops remained out of Tibet. England’s objective was to make Tibet a buffer state between China and British India.

On August 12, 1912 Tibet and China agreed to a ceasefire at Lhasa. Chinese troops will remain in the country.

Tibet postage stamp
1912

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