Tibet - going, going, gone?

Culture versus everlasting growth.


The Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) comprises less than half of historic Tibet and was created by China in 1965 for administrative reasons. When Chinese officials and publications use the term "Tibet" they mean only the TAR which corresponds to the region ruled by the 13th Dalai Lama, who declared Tibet an independent republic in 1912.

Tibet is made up of the three provinces of Amdo (now split by China into the provinces of Qinghai, Gansu & Sichuan), Kham (largely incorporated into the Chinese provinces of Sichuan, Yunnan and Qinghai), and U-Tsang (which, together with western Kham, is today referred to by China as the Tibet Autonomous Region). Tibetans use the term Tibet to mean the three provinces described above, i.e. the area traditionally known as Tibet before the 1949-50 invasion.

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