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Fourteenth Dalai Lama

The Fourteenth Dalai Lama was only 15 years in 1950 when China invaded Tibet. He was installed as head of the Tibetan government at the age of 16 in order to decide whether to accept the 17-Point Agreement negotiated with the Chinese in April 1951. Having been persuaded to accept the agreement, mainly by monastic officials who had been promised the preservation of the Tibetan Buddhist establishment as well as their estates, he attempted to coexist with the Chinese administration of Tibet until 1959. After the March 1959 revolt he was forced to flee to India where he set up a Tibetan government in exile that established and administered camps for approximately 100,000 Tibetan refugees.

The Dalai Lama was mostly confined to his refuge in India until the late 1970s, when he increased his international travels in order to raise support for Tibet. Tibet has since become an international cause and the Dalai Lama the recipient of the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize. He has continued to pursue dialogue with China and has accepted Tibetan autonomy under Chinese sovereignty in his Middle Way policy. His policy calls for genuine autonomy and for the union of the current TAR with PRC-designated Tibetan Autonomous Districts of Qinghai, Gansu, Sichuan and Yunnan under a single Greater Tibet Autonomous Region administration. China has refused to consider any of these proposals and has denied the existence of any political issue of Tibet other than the personal status of the Dalai Lama himself.

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Tibet:
Location:  Asia - Eastern China
Capital:  Lhasa
Communist Rule:  1950 - Current
Status:  Occupied
Victims of Communism:
1.2 million