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What Are The Circumstances Of The Chinese Occupation Of Tibet The only way to settle questions of an ideological nature of controversial issues among the people is by the democratic method the method of discussion or criticism of persuasion and education and not by the method of coercion or repression This statement was made by Mao Tse Tung the Communist leader of China in February of 1957 Seven years earlier Chinese forces had invaded and begun the destruction of Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism The Plateau of Tibet comprises nearly the entire southeastern portion of China Wedged between the Kunlun and Himalayan Mountain Ranges it is a beautiful plateau with breathtaking views all around it The territory itself promotes a feeling of peace meditation and spirituality The plateau is also the source of five of Asias greatest rivers making it vital to the environment Centuries ago a very unique religion Tibetan Buddhism grew from the settlers of this region This religion was based on soul-searching and meditation and highly discouraged war violence and any forms of negativity in thought word or action The religion thrived in the region and soon became the political force of the nation of Tibet The religion was the state therefore there was no military until the early 20th Century but then there was just a small fairly ineffective army This made the area highly vulnerable to any who wanted it China in 1949 became the communist Peoples Republic of China In less than one year military forces marched into the peaceful territory of Tibet claiming that it belonged to China This was the beginning of over 50 years of the needless slaughter and destruction of a people and religion that posed no threat to the people of China or its government Since that time over 12 million Tibetans have been killed 6000 monasteries have been destroyed and thousands of Tibetans have been imprisoned Nine years after
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