Tsewang Rabtan

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Tsewang Rabtan (from Tibetan Cewang Rabdan; Chinese: 策妄阿拉布坦; ᠼᠧᠸᠠᠩ ᠠᠷᠠᠪᠲᠠᠨ; 1643 – 1727) was a Choros-Oirat prince and the Khong Tayiji of the Dzungar Khanate from 1697 (following the death of his uncle and rival Galdan Boshugtu Khan) until his death in 1727. He was married to Lha-bzang Khan's sister.

He married his daughter, Boitalak (博託洛克) to Danjung (丹衷), the eldest son of Lha-bzang Khan in 1714.[1] He used the occasion to destroy some of Lha-bzang's troops in preparation for an invasion of Tibet. He consolidated Dzungar power by 1715, and in 1717 sent one army of 300 into Amdo to retrieve the 7th Dalai Lama, planning to consolidate Tibetan support by bringing him to Lhasa, and another army of 6000, led by his brother Tsewang Dondub, that successfully took Lhasa from the Khoshut and killed Lha-bzang Khan.[2] However, the first army failed to acquire the Dalai Lama, having been defeated by Qing troops at Kumbum. The Qing army troops went on the rampage through Lhasa and its environs, looting, raping and killing. Soon, the Tibetans were appealing to the Kangxi Emperor to rid them of the Dzungars. The Dzungar occupation of Tibet became more difficult to sustain as time passed and though they managed to defeat a poorly organized Chinese invasion at the Battle of the Salween River in 1718, Qing troops took Lhasa in 1720.[3]

After Danjung died (c. 1717, allegedly at the hands of Tsewang Rabtan) Boitalak married a taisha or prince of the Dzungar Khoit tribe and later gave birth to Amursana (1723-1757), who would grow up to be Khan of Zungaria during the reign of the Qianlong Emperor.[1]


  1. ^ a b Hummel 1944, p. 10.
  2. ^ Smith 1997, pp. 123–4
  3. ^ Mullin 2001, pp. 285–9
Tsewang Rabtan
House of Choros (Чорос) the 14th century-1755
Died: 1727
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Galdan Boshugtu Khan
Khong Tayiji of the Dzungar Khanate
Succeeded by
Galdan Tseren