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Historical Map of Tibet V:

Chinese Administrative Control of Eastern Tibet, [CA 1995]


The administrative landscape of eastern Tibet today has taken on a vastly different look from traditional Tibet. China's new administrative landscape has limited the size and number of areas in Kham and Amdo recognized as Tibet lands by the designation of so-called Tibetan autonomous prefectures and counties. This balkanization of the areas traditionally inhabited by the Tibetan peoples and civilization extents even beyond the level of province and prefecture. Numerous Tibetan autonomous townships may be found within Chinese counties east of aforementioned autonomous areas in Gansu and Sichuan, mostly notably Mutso, Shonphing and Poan identify the Tibetan people among several non-Tibetan ethnic designations.

This new state-sanctioned landscape is, in turn a product of state nationalities program of the People's Republic of China and its inherent bias towards the fragmentation of the Chinese peoples.


CHINESE ADMINISTRATIVE REGIONS: EASTERN TIBET [CA. 1996]


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