13th Dalai Lama Flees Tibet Ahead of Chinese Troops

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The 13th Dalai Lama flees Tibet in order to escape Chinese troops during the conflicts of the nationalist revolutionary uprisings. The Chinese government accuses the Dalai Lama of attempting to start a revolt.

In the official statement, the Chinese say:

"The Dalai Lama, upon his arrival at Lhasa from Peking circulated, with the object of organizing a general revolt, these rumors:

First, that China intended to exterminate Lamaism and, second, that British trade in effect was injuring Tibet. The Dalai Lama then took measures to thwart this trade, whereupon China became alarmed and ordered 2,000 troops to go to Lhasa with the object of preserving peace and affording protection.

When the Dalai Lama learned of the above the Peking government ordered the Chinese residents to reason with the Dalai Lama, who refused to listen, and on the 12th secretly left Lhasa with his followers. The residents searched ineffectively, whereupon China deposed the Dalai Lama, ordered the Tibetans to elect his successor, and issued a decree ordering the protection of Lamaism and the strict observance of the existing treaties with foreign powers concerning Tibet, with the purpose of preserving the status quo."
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