New Internationalist Issue 274
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BEFORE THE CHINESE INVASION IN 1950 Tibet was a large country - as big as Western Europe and roughly a quarter the size of China. Then in 1965 the Chinese absorbed a large part of Tibet's two biggest regions - Kham and Amdo - into China. The third region, U-Tsang, became the 'Tibet Autonomous Region' (TAR) and this is what the Government of China now refers to as 'Tibet'. The TAR covers of an area of 1.2 million square kilometres. The area Tibetans call Tibet is more than three times the size at 3.8 million square kilometres.
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