Argument: Mongolia gave diplomatic recognition to the Tibetan state in 1207
- Lhasang Tsering. "India's Tibet. A Case for Policy Review." 2000 - "that long before the Mongols established the Yuan Dynasty in China in 1279; the Tibetans established a tribute relationship with the Mongols in 1207 and thus averted a military invasion by Gengis Khan. The ties of the Mongols with Tibet not only pre-dated their conquest of China - it was an entirely separate relationship. The Mongols never considered Tibet a Province of China. As such China’s revised claim that ‘Tibet has been a part of China since the Mongol rule over China’ has no substance."