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Beijing's Tibet policy
securing sovereignty and legitimacy
Allen Carlson.

Published 2004 by East-West Center Washington in Washington, DC .
Written in English.

About the Book

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 suggests 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.” This is the fourth publication in Policy Studies, a peer-reviewed East-West Center Washington series that presents scholarly analysis of key contemporary domestic and international political, economic, and strategic issues affecting Asia in a policy relevant manner.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. [55]-58).
Also available online via the Internet at the EWC Washington web site.

Series
Policy studies,, 4, Policy studies (East-West Center Washington) ;, 4.
Other Titles
Securing sovereignty and legitimacy

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
320.951/5
Library of Congress
DS779.27 .C37 2004

The Physical Object

Pagination
ix, [71] p. :
Number of pages
71

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL3350034M
ISBN 10
1932728066
LC Control Number
2004366700
OCLC/WorldCat
55026722
Library Thing
5599653
Goodreads
1282830

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