Degree Year

2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

East Asian Studies

Advisor(s)

Marc Blecher
Sheila Jager

Committee Member(s)

David Kelley

Keywords

China, Tibet, Dalai Lama, Dialogue, PRC, USA, Sino-American relations

Abstract

What degree of autonomy for Tibet is realistically achievable in a new world largely defined in terms of China's rise, a world in which international criticism weighs far less in the minds of Chinese leaders than the imperatives of holding on unchallenged to the reins of power? This thesis examines the ebbs and flows of the relationship between the Chinese government and the Dalai Lama with regard to resolving the Tibet question; it also attempts to develop a realistic assessment of prospects for greater autonomy in the coming near future. It does so through a chronological account that tracks past forms of autonomy in Tibet, explores the roles of distrust, memory and rhetoric in negotiations, and analyzes the dynamics of Beijing's Tibet policy with regard to international pressure and internal Party politics.

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