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Tibet

Relief map of Tibet

Tibet was one of the backwaters that were left almost untouched by the Second World War. A high plateau bordered by the towering Himalaya Mountains to the south, most of it above 12,000 feet in elevation, it was an independent, backwards theocracy ruled by the Dalai Lama. Its sole significance to the war was that it was a formidable geographical barrier to communications between China and the Allies in India.

Geologist believe Tibet was raised by the collision of the subcontinent of India to the south with the main Asian landmass.

Tibet was forced to acknowledge Chinese sovereignty after being invaded by Communist troops in 1950.


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