War or Stratagem? Reassessing China's Military Advance towards Tibet, 1942–1943

  title={War or Stratagem? Reassessing China's Military Advance towards Tibet, 1942–1943},
  author={Lin Hsiao-ting},
  journal={The China Quarterly},
  pages={446 - 462}
  • Lin Hsiao-ting
  • Published 1 June 2006
  • Political Science
  • The China Quarterly
This article re-evaluates an important yet usually ignored episode in modern Chinese ethnopolitical history. It seeks to argue that, in the midst of the Second World War, Chiang Kai-shek manoeuvred towards a possible war with Tibet in order to serve other military, strategic and political purposes, namely, to insert his direct control into China's south-western border provinces that were still in the firm grip of obstinate warlords. Chiang Kai-shek's careful manipulation of the Sino-Tibetan… 
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