On October 1, 1949
After the founding of the People's ? Republic of China on October 1, 1949, the 10th Panchen Lama telegrammed Chairman Mao Zedong and Commander-in-Chief Zhu De, expressing his support for the Central People's Government and urging the Central People's Government to liberate Tibet as early as possible. The telegram read:
Respected Chairman Mao Zedong and Commander-in Chief Zhu De.
With sagacious and undaunted strategy, you have been fighting for the survival of our country and people. Wherever your troops arrive, the people are greatly excited. For generations, the Panchen has been treated most generously and bestowed with many honors by the state government. Over the last 20 or 50 years, I have never slackened my efforts to defend the territorial integrity of Tibet, but nothing has been achieved, for which I feel most guilty. I am now staying in Qinghai, waiting for the order to return to Tibet. Thanks to the leadership of Your Excellencies, northwest China has been liberated and the Central People's Government has been establishments that all the people who are proud of the country find highly inspiring. These accomplishments will surely bring happiness to the people and make it possible for the nation to stand on its feet again; and with these accomplishments the liberation of Tibet is only a matter of time. On behalf of all the Tibetan people, I pay Your Excellencies the highest respects and pledge our whole-hearted support.
On November23 1949 Chairman Mao Zedong and Commander-in-Chief Zhu Dc telegrammed the 10th Panchen Erdeni. The text read.
Mr. Panchen Erdeni,
We are very pleased with your October 1 telegram. The Tibetan people love the motherland and oppose foreign aggression. They are dissatisfied with the policy of the reactionary KMT government and desire to be a member of the big family of a united, strong and prosperous New China, where all the nationalities are equal. The Central People's Government and the Chinese People's Liberation Army will certainly comply with this wish of the Tibetan people. We hope you and the patriotic personages throughout Tibet will make a concerted effort for the liberation of Tibet and the unity of the Han and Tibetan people.
Mao Zedong and Zhu De
November 23, 1949
The telegram from Chairman Mao and Commander-in-Chief Zhu was of great significance. At the upper strata of Tibetan religious circles, the 10th Panchen Erdeni was the first to respond to the call of the Central Government and definitely expressed his welcome of the PLA's entry into Tibet. The telegram of the two Chinese leaders expressed their trust for the 10th Panchen Erdeni and their great hope in his role. They also praised the Tibetan people's tradition of anti-imperialism and patriotic spirit.
In November 1949, the Living Buddha Razheng Qoiben Yexei Churchen accused the imperialists of destroying the internal unity of the Tibetan people. In 1950, Tibetan intellectuals in Beijing met to denounce the Lhasa authority's betrayal of the motherland. Noted personages in the upper strata of the XikangTibetan areas, including the Living Buddha Geda, the Living Buddha Shak Dodai, and the Living Buddha Bamda Doje, sent their representatives to Beijing, expressing their support for the People's liberation Army's entering of Tibet as they did in 1936 in backing the Red Army going to north China to fight against the Japanese invasion.