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Taiwan historian: Dalai Lama's 'Greater Tibet' groundless
13:41, July 08, 2010  

The "Greater Tibet" concept advocated by the Dalai Lama is historically groundless, said Kuan-Chun Lin, a professor at the Department of History under the Taiwan-based Chinese Culture University on July 6.

Lin made the remarks during the Second Cross-Straits Seminar on Tibetology held in Beijing.

According to Lin, Tibet during the reign of the Republic of China covered an area of around 800,000 square kilometers and shared a border in the north with Xinjiang and Qinghai, in the west with Kashmir region and India and in the south with the Himalayas, India and Nepal.

When the Communist Party of China (CPC) came into power, the area of Tibet was expanded to more than 1.2 million square kilometers. Aside from the Tibet Autonomous Region, Tibetans also live in Gansu's Gannan, Qinghai's Haibei, Huangnan and Yushu and Sichuan's Aba and Garze Tibetan autonomous prefectures.

"The division of administrative areas was in line with the actual distribution of the ethnic group," said Lin.

The so-called "Greater Tibet," conceived of by the 14th Dalai Lama and Tibetan exile groups, covers today’s Tibet Autonomous Region, the entire Qinghai province, the aforementioned Tibetan autonomous prefectures, and occupies an area of about 2.5 million square kilometers, accounting for a quarter of China’s total area.

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