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What Do China’s Pre-1949 Official/Authoritative Documents Say about Beijing’s Claim of Sovereignty over Tibet?

27 Apr 2018

Hon-Shiang Lau

Venue: Seminar Room, ICS
Time: 3:00 PM

Abstract

The People’s Republic of China (PRC) asserts that Tibet has been a part of China “since antiquity” (‘西藏自古以来就是中国的一部份’). The PRC requires the Dalai Lama to explicitly declare the acceptance of this doctrine as a pre-condition for future negotiations. The speaker will examine how a wide range of Chinese primary-source governmental documents and government-sanctioned publications from the Yuan dynasty to the Republic-of-China era actually depict China’s relationship with Tibet. In this lecture, a small sample of these documents from the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) and the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) will be presented.

About the Spaeker 

Hon-Shiang Lau received his Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Singapore in 1969 and Ph.D. in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1973. He was Regents Professor of Management Science at Oklahoma State University (U.S.A.) from 1987 to 2000 and Chair Professor of Operations Management at the City University of Hong Kong from 2000 to 2011. In 2010 he was identified by a U.S. academic journal as one of the 50 most widely-published operations-management scholars worldwide.  He retired in 2011 to devote most of his time to learning Chinese history.

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  • In this lecture, a small sample of documents from the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) and the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) were presented and discussed.

  • In this lecture, a small sample of documents from the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) and the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) were presented and discussed.

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