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Mao Zedong

Mao Zedong once said to Edward Snow that “our only foreign debt” was to the Tibetans of eastern Tibet whose food supplies the Communists had to exploit during the Long March in 1935. In meetings with the Dalai Lama and other Tibetan leaders during the 1950s he openly proposed that China and Tibet could benefit each other by the exchange of what each had in abundance for what the other lacked. Tibet would provide China with the natural resources it lacked while China would provide Tibet with the population Tibet lacked. In 1956 he insisted upon including minorities, including Tibetans outside the future TAR, in the Democratic Reforms campaign, because to exclude them would be equivalent to “looking down on the national minorities.” This led to revolt in eastern Tibet.

Mao famously remarked that the Tibetan upper classes would eventually reconcile themselves to Chinese rule or they would lead a revolt. Either outcome, would be “favorable to us,” he said, since either would result in Chinese control over Tibet. Once control was achieved with the flight of the Dalai Lama to India and the dissolution of the Tibetan government, Mao subjected Tibetans to “democratic reforms” that repressed all organized Tibetan resistance. Mao’s Cultural Revolution caused significant repression of Tibetan culture by targeting the “four olds,” which Tibet epitomized, and the final physical destruction of almost all monasteries and religious monuments. Tibet did not begin to escape the effects of Mao’s “liberation” until his death in 1976.

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