893.00 Tibet/7–3049

The Ambassador in India (Henderson) to the Secretary of State

862. Delhi press 30th states “authoritative version” now available of recent events Tibet. Authorities there had asked Chinese mission Lhasa depart because of suspicion mission engaged Communist activity. Simultaneously Indian representative was asked arrange permission Chinese return home via Sikkim and Calcutta.

Report continues India hesitated because delicacy of even indirect assistance in “virtual expulsion of diplomatic representatives of friendly government” but required facilities eventually granted. Indicates representatives expected reach Indian border in fortnight following which India will be only country officially represented Tibet.

Report states official quarters refuse comment on Tibetan action but speculates Tibet seizing opportunity “free herself of Chinese [Page 1080]suzerainty which though nominal is known to have been regarded as irksome”.

Henderson