This major study analyses the traditional modes of Sino-Tibetan relations in order to unearth general patterns beyond partisan points of view. It sheds light on contemporary issues in the Sino-Tibetan dialogue, and discerns possible future structures for conflict resolution in occupied Tibet. With its economic reforms, China is changing and will change more in the near future, thereby expanding the scope for freedom and democracy. It is in such a context that several leading Chinese intellectuals have, since the early 1990s, called for a fresh examination of the history of Sino-Tibetan relations in order to determine the actual status of Tibet. This book is a Tibetan's contribution to this great debate. Tibet is often viewed in isolation from other developments in Asia or the West. This book, for the first time, analyses the Tibetan question within the context of international politics, especially the roles of Britain, India, the USA and Russia in paving peaceful ways to conflict resolution in Tibet.
'This is a courageous powerful work. It is incisive and informative ... this book is a must for every library and should be recommended to all those interested in research on the area and in understanding the intricacies of Sino-Tibetan relations.' - Economic and Political Weekly
'His book is a significant contribution to the understanding of the actual status of Tibet. Undoubtedly, his grasp on the Tibetan language and familiarity with the vast literature on the subject are well reflected in the work ... on the whole this is a courageous, powerful work. It is incisive and informative.' - International Affaris
'The great merit of the book lies in a sophisticated approach to how the historic China-Tibet interface should be viewed ... readers will gain a great deal from China's Tibet Policy, most notably a refreshing change from the Minichean view that forms most works on this subject.' - Pacific Affairs
'Dawa Norbu has demonstrated a capacity for unconventional thinking that courageously questions and challenges accepted wisdom ... a compelling read ... an important and assertive book that should be read carefully by everyone interested in the subject.' - China Quarterly
'An engaged scholarly examination of a highly contested issue in objective manner.' - Asian Affairs
'Dawa Norbu's book is a brilliant analysis of Sino-Tibetan cultural and political relations. His book is full of the penetrating insights that have marked his career as a participant in and analyst of Tibetan history and politics. I think I am on safe ground in saying that his book is unsurpassed in its contribution to an understanding of modern Tibetan history. Those who hope to participate in any sort of dialogue on Tibetan history and politics should not neglect to arm themselves with this information and insights contained in Dawa Norbu's grand new book.' - Warren W. Smith, The Tibet Journal