Initiating Tibet and English East India Company’s Ties in the 18th Century: The Warren Hastings Years

Author
Monika Chansoria
Content Type
Policy Brief
Institution
Japan Institute Of International Affairs (JIIA)
Abstract
In the last quarter of the 18th century, Warren Hastings, the first de facto Governor General of India from 1774 to 1785 initiated and set up the English East India Company’s relations with Tibet. The first contact in this reference was initiated by the Tibetans, when, upon hearing the news of the defeat of Bhutan’s King Desi Shidariva by the British forces in the battle for Cooch Behar (1772-1774), the Panchen Lama, Palden Yeshe, wrote a historic letter of mediation addressed to the Governor General. Hastings seized the opportunity, and, in his response proposed a general treaty of amity and peace between Bengal and Tibet.
Topic
Diplomacy, International Affairs, History, Trade
Political Geography
Europe, Asia, England, Tibet