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Reaction Paper #1 - Megan Carter REL 202 Religions of Asia...

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Megan Carter REL 202 – Religions of Asia Dr. Gifford September 29, 2010 Reaction Paper #1 Tibet and China: Historical Roots of an International Impasse Dr. Sperling began the lecture with this question: “Does Tibet belong to China?” In the 7 th -9 th centuries AD the Tibetan Empire was quite large and strong. In the 13 th century the Mongolian Yuan Dynasty was in control and this is when, until very recently, China has claimed that Tibet became a part of China. Within the past one and a half years China has began to claim that Tibet has been a part of China since people began to exist on the Tibetan Plateau. In the 14 th century the Yuan Dynasty ended, and the Ming Dynasty ruled from about 1368 AD -1644 AD . During this time there was absolutely no administrative control over Tibet by the Ming Dynasty, although various Lamas did come to China and there was trade. From 1611 AD -1911 AD the Qing Dynasty ruled, which China claims was an unbroken rule over Tibet through the Yuan, Ming, and Qing Dynasties. At this time the 5 th Dalai Lama brought Tibet together as a people. There were no Qing officials in Tibet until the 18 th century. By the end of the 18 th century Tibet is under Qing rule, and this is what China said was true up until the 1950’s. During the 1790’s there was a war between Tibet and Nepal and at this time the Qing Dynasty changed the laws on lamas, trade, and other things in order to gain back power over
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