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Tibet was occupied by PRC forces in 1959 before being annexed the same year. Tibetans failed to break the yoke of PLA troops occupying the area during the Tibetan Uprising. The Dalai Lama was able to narrowly escape to India by the help of CIA Special Activities Division operatives, where he continued to live in exile while encouraging the Tibetans to resist the authoritarian Chinese.
Tibet was spared from the Great Nuclear War of 1962 as American nuclear weapons targeted major Chinese cities and military bases to the east. This encouraged Tibetan resistance fighters to attack the disorganized PLA forces that could no longer await for orders coming from Beijing. The battle for Tibet was harsh but the Tibetans were able to evict the PLA troops, which scattered all throughout the mainland. Some PLA troops were captured and put to prison for manual labor.