Crocodile tears over China's role in Tibet | Asian Tribune: "In 1911 when China's Manchu Dynasty was overthrown in a popular uprising, the British seized the opportunity to sever Tibet from China. Luring the 13th Dalai Lama into this conspiracy Britain declared in 1913 'independence' for Tibet - all the while trying to erode China's sovereignty and holding on to colonial possessions in South Asia.
In July 1947, Tibet's then rulers sent a trade delegation to the United States without the Chinese Government's approval. Then they flew to London where British Prime Minister Clement Atlee received them. Throughout the trip they voiced separatist ideas. Their ulterior motive was to win international sympathy for Tibetan independence. However their separatist attempts proved futile following the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949.
After the PRC was established in 1949 the U.S. stubbornly refused to recognize it and continued to treat Taiwan's Chiang Kai-shek regime as China's legitimate rulers. It was left to former U.S. President Richard Nixon to finally face facts in 1971."