Dogan Penjor Rabgye

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Surkhang Wangchen Gelek (left) and Dogan Penjor Rabgye (right) in a garden, 1950.

Dogan Penjor Rabgye (simplified Chinese: 朵噶·彭措饶杰; traditional Chinese: 朵噶·彭措饒傑; pinyin: Duogá Péngcuò ráojié; Tibetan: མདོ་མཁར་ཕུན་ཚོགས་རབ་རྒྱས།Wylie: mdo mkhar phun tshogs rab rgyas; 1903–13 March 1957), alternate names Raokashag Penjor Rabgye (Chinese: 饶噶厦·彭措饶杰; pinyin: Ráogáxià Péngcuò ráojié) and Phuntsok Rabgye Ragashar, was an ethnic Tibetan general in the People's Liberation Army and a high-ranking official of the People's Republic of China originating from Lhasa, Tibet.[1][2][3][4][5]

Born in 1903 within a Tibetan noble family, at the age of 6 he attended a Tibetan school for nobles, and in 1923 began working within the kashag. During this time he was appointed various positions, including general manager of the Lhasa Police, government secretary, head commissioner of Cona County in Lhokha Prefecture, regimental commander within the Tibetan army, and commander-in-chief of the Tibetan army. In August 1949 he was promoted as a kalön to general commander of the Tibetan army. At the beginning of 1950, whilst he was the head of northern Tibet he commanded the 16th Tibetan army garrisoned in Nagchu.[1]

After the incorporation of Tibet into the People's Republic of China, in 1952 he became the second-in-command of the People's Liberation Army within the Tibet area. In the summer of 1953, he was appointed by the 14th Dalai Lama and 10th Panchen Lama as the regimental commander of the national day ceremony, and was sent to Beijing to participate in the 4th year anniversary celebrations of the founding of the People's Republic of China. Soon after, he led a delegation which travelled to Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Shenyang, Nanjing, Hangzhou and Xining for half a year. After returning to Beijing, he issued a Tibetan-language broadcast on China National Radio. In January 1954, as a delegate of the government of the People's Republic of China, he attended bilateral negotiations between China and India. In 1955 he was awarded the rank of lieutenant general. In 1956, he was elected as a committee member of the Preparationary Committee of the Tibet Autonomous Region, and later accompanied the Dalai Lama in his visit to India for the 2,500 year birthday anniversary of the Siddhartha Gautama. As the Dalai Lama returned to China in February 1957 via Sikkim, Dogan Penjor Rao Jie died of illness on 13 March 1957 while passing by Shigatse.[1]

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