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Indian and Nepali Reports from Lhasa, 1949-1954

The countries of India and Nepal maintained a rare diplomatic and trade presence inside of Tibet during a critical turning point in Tibetan political history. As a result, Indian and Nepali diplomatic reporting, written from Tibet in the lead up to and following the invasion by the People's Liberation Army and the negotiation of the Seventeen Point Agreement (1951), became highly sought after by American and British officials, who lacked direct access to Tibet. 

This Wilson Center Digital Archive resource consists of the monthly reports from the Indian Consul General in Lhasa as well as other reports written by Nepali representatives in Tibet that were surreptitiously obtained by American diplomats in Calcutta and London.