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dc.contributor.author Carlson, Allen en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2008-11-19T18:47:49Z en_US
dc.date.available 2008-11-19T18:47:49Z en_US
dc.date.issued 2004 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/3526 en_US
dc.description For more about the East-West Center, see <a href="http://www.eastwestcenter.org/">http://www.eastwestcenter.org/</a> en_US
dc.description.abstract This paper examines the main contours of Beijing's Tibet policy since the start of the reform era (1979 to the present). It argues that throughout this period China's position on Tibet has always been concerned with defending Chinese sovereignty, more specifically jurisdictional sovereignty, over the region. Since 1979, the ways in which the Chinese acted to secure such rights, however, have varied significantly, in two distinct phases. During the initial phase, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Chinese position was marked by the implementation of relatively moderate policies. In the second phase, which began in late 1987, and continues today, the Chinese position on Tibet has been defined by highly critical discursive moves, pointed diplomatic activity, a renewed commitment to use force to silence all opposition to Chinese rule, and the utilization of economic development programs to augment such efforts. This essay contends that three forces were crucial in determining Chinese policy on Tibet during these two periods: the underlying strategic value of Tibet to Beijing within the regional security dynamic, the persistence of historically conditioned, sovereign-centric values within elite circles in China, and the internal and external pressures created by Deng Xiaoping's "reform and opening" line. The complexity of these factors suggest that understanding how Beijing acts vis-à-vis Tibet requires that students of international relations and security studies, as well as policymakers and activists, look beyond parsimonious explanations and single-faceted policy directions when considering the "Tibet issue." en_US
dc.format.extent ix, [71] pages en_US
dc.language.iso en-US en_US
dc.publisher Washington, D.C.: East-West Center Washington en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries East-West Center (Washington, D.C.). Policy studies ; 4 en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Central-local government relations - China - Tibet en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Sovereignty - China en_US
dc.subject.lcsh China - Politics and government - 1976- en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Tibet (China) - Politics and government - 1951- en_US
dc.title Beijing's Tibet policy : securing sovereignty and legitimacy en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US

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  • East-West Center (Washington, D.C.). Policy Studies [59]
    Policy Studies presents scholarly analysis of key contemporary domestic and international political, economic, and strategic issues affecting Asia in a policy relevant manner. Written for the policy community, academics, journalists, and the informed public, the peer-reviewed publications in this series provide new policy insights and perspectives based on extensive fieldwork and rigorous scholarship.

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