Thanks to onejustworld, for providing me with resources for the Chinese-Tibet conflict. My goal is to read as much unbiased information as possible and try to come to a conclusion based on a logical decision, rather than emotional.
Thus far, historically, it still seems as if it’s not “case closed” on either side. Especially when compared to other similar histories. Meaning, if you looked at historical precedent, there seems to be enough to justify the Chinese claim to authority over Tibet. This doesn’t mean they deserve it, or Tibet shouldn’t be free. It means, that comparing the Chinese-Tibetan history to other histories, it isn’t so clear cut.
For example, in one of the resources pointed out to me is an article called, “Is Tibet Entitled to Self-Determination?” the author, Paul Harris, says:
The official position of the Chinese Government on this issue is that Tibet is an inalienable part of the People’s Republic of China (just as France once claimed that Algeria was an inalienable part of Metropolitan France).
These two histories aren’t comparable. First, France never had a geographic claim like China has. Second, Algeria had been colonized by the Ottomans, and then taken from the French. It was pretty obvious that the French “took over” Algeria. The same cannot be said for China and Tibet.
So, historically, it’s a draw so far as I can tell. I’m still reading.
But here is where I think Tibet does have a justified claim to independence, an argument I haven’t seen anywhere, so it’s probably a weak argument.
Though the Chinese-Tibetan history goes further back than any of the conflicts Russia had with her satellite states during the Soviet Union timer period, I think there’s a logical argument to be made here.
As soon as the Soviet government fell apart, these satellite states ran through the gateway of sovereignty. History wouldn’t have mattered because to the people of the time, they wanted to rule their own nation. It didn’t take long at all for other nations to recognize these new nations either. Even the USSR recognized it only a month after the Estonia’s declared independence.
Thus, I believe if communist rule in China ended, Tibet and other current Chinese territories would claim their independence like Macau or Sichuan? I’m sure the leaders in China believe this too, which is why they’ve been so hostile towards Tibet, and have tried to “breed” out the Tibetan culture.
Again, I’m still reading the history, but pragmatism tells me that Tibet should be free.