Argument: The Seventeen Point Agreement was signed under duress and is illegitimate

Issue Report: Tibet independence

Supporting quotes

  • “Proving Truth from Facts”. Released by the Tibetan Government-in-Exile on 7 July 1993 partly in response to China’s white paper.[1] – “The Invasion and Illegal Annexation of Tibet: 1949-1951
China claims that the signing of the so-called 17-Point Agreement for the Liberation of Tibet in 1951 shows that the Tibetans not only agreed to, but invited the Chinese troops to ‘liberate’ Tibet. The Tibetan Government, however, was coerced into accepting the document and it was signed under the threat of all-out military conquest. Treaties imposed by the threat or use of force upon a country are not valid under international law, a statement that the Chinese Government agrees with.”