A Chinese professor during a presentation of his studies on the historical documents of Tibet and China told that Tibet has never been a part of China. The professor presented his research at the special event organized by the Tibetan Youth Congress at Hotel Tibet in McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala, the headquarter of the exile Tibetan administration.
“His [Professor Hon Shiang Lau] historical proof included more than 3000 years of historical documents such as text, daily records, and historical maps. He said that his research paper’s primary aim is to help the Chinese people understand and know that Tibet was historically never a part of China, unlike the Chinese Communist Party claims.” said the report in the Tibet Post International.
Professor Lau has told that he wants to prove that Tibet has always been an independent country. During his lecture, he presented the histories of Ming and Qing dynasties and state that Tibet was treated as foreign country of China during Ming and Qing dynasties, administratively didn’t collect tax from Tibet as they did other part of Chinese territory and individually, Ming Emperor Wuzong sent an ambassador to invite Tibetan monks according to the report.
The Chinese scholar also explained that an abundance of unequivocal evidence in Chinese pre-1949 primary-source governmental documents and government-sanctioned publications show that, Tibet was never part of China before 1949, contradicting China’s claim over Tibet through history. Professor Lau also added that in ‘The Structure of Great Ming Unification Record’, not only Tibet was excluded from the China’s territory, it is explicitly labeled as a foreign entity and grouped with many other equally foreign entities as per the TPI report.
After the rise of communist China, Tibet was forcibly annexed and claimed it as a part of China historically. While the violent invasion led to the massacre of thousands of Tibetans at the hand of Chinese army, invaluable cultural sites and relics were destroyed in an effort to wipe out the very unique identity of Tibetans. However, His Holiness the Dalai Lama led around eighty thousand Tibetans into exile in India and gradually revived the Tibetan religion and culture, which flourishes around the world today.