In recent years, more and more foreign personnel are showing a concern about Tibet. In order to meet their needs, we have compiled this book based on the academic monograph Comments on the Historical Status of Tibet published in 1995 by the Nationalities Press.

Comments on the Historical Status of Tibet expounds upon the close relations between the region of Tibet and ancient China making use of rich and accurate historical materials, especially those showing that Tibet has been a part of Chinese territory since the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). It forcefully denies the entire ideological system of Tibetan independence and, for the first time, systematically answers the theories put forward by the Dalai clique. The Chinese edition of this work has attracted great attention in China and was granted the 1996 Excellent Book Award in China.

While compiling this edition to reflect foreign reading habit, we have striven to maintain the basic content of Comments on the Historical Status of Tibet but have removed those sections that focused on academic theories. The Introduction and Chapters 8-9 were rewritten by Wang Gui; Chapters 1-4 by Wu Wei; Chapters 5 and 7 by Yang Gyaincain; Chapters 6 and 12 by Xirab Nyima; and Chapters 10 and 11, as well as the Concluding Remarks by Tang Jiawei.

The authors would like to express their appreciation to the Nationalities Press for allowing them to compile and publish this important work.

China Intercontinental Press

September 1997