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Region: The Coalition of Democratic Nations

Tibet News
22 November 1949

Chinese Threat?
The imperial government of China issued a so called "Mandate of Heaven" regarding Tibet. The Mandate states that Tibet is a province of China and how the Kalshag lead by HH The 14th Dalai Lama is illegitimate. The Chinese government criticized the feudal system in place despite China maintaining their own feudal system. The Kalshag and the Central Administration held an emergency meeting today on this threat and if it was necessary to deploy the army. HH the 14th Dalai Lama, a teen, is meeting one of his most serious tests. The Venerable 11 Panchen Lama and the 33rd Kyabje Gyalwa, both young men barely out of their teens, are involved in the meetings and how to best handle this. The Panchen Lama stated an interest to ready troops while the Dalai Lama and the Kyabje Gyalwa stated they would like to hold off and negotiate before deploying the military. Potala Palace was under increased security with soldiers posted around the Palace and near the temple.

Diplomacy Team Goes West
With the recent gradual opening of the country, the Kalshag has dispatched lamas and diplomats to go west and meet with leaders. The mission is lead by Finance Minister Tsepon W. D. Shakabpa. The teams will visit Ascobis, Washington, Cerma, UK, China and Germany. The teams are expected to leave later this week and will be flown in via airplane.

Ecumenical Movement?
A movement lead by various scholars is expected to convene. The movement calls itself Rimé and is thus far a council of lamas from the Gelug, Sakya, Kagyu, Nyingma and Yungdrung Bön schools of Buddhism. Representatives from the Taoist community will also be in attendance. The Rimé is an eclectic and universalist approach to establishing a ecumenism and unification among the Buddhists.
Despite Yungdrung Bön being the state religion, religious freedom is allowed. The Central Administration is made up of representatives from the different Buddhist schools but, the Kalshag is only made of Yungdrung Bön lamas.

Ascoobis, Kestvala, and Karthspirije