Flag of Tibet

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The Tibetan flag, also known as the 'snow lion flag' and the 'Free Tibet flag', was a flag of the military of Tibet, introduced by the 13th Dalai Lama in 1912 and used in the same capacity until 1959. Designed with the help of a Japanese, it reflects the design motif of Japanese military's Rising Sun Flag. Since the 1960s, it is used a symbol of the Tibetan independence movement.

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Design and early use



In late 18th century, after the Qing government defended Tibet from the Nepalese invasion, they created a twenty-nine points resolution called "Twenty-Nine Regulations for Better Government in Tibet". The fourth clause of this decree stated "The lack of official military in the region of Tibet has led to emergency drafts in time of crisis, which has proven to be harmful to the Tibetan people. The emperor has approved for Tibet to form an official troop of three thousand men. One thousand each will be stationed in front and back Tibet, five hundred in Shigatse and five hundred in Dingri." These three thousand troops became what is commonly known as the Tibetan Infantry. The Tibetan Army received training from the British and Japanese after the fall of the Qing Dynasty and it then adopted an army flag.According to the scholar Alexander...
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