The name of the first CIA agent ever killed in the line of duty was Douglas Mackiernan. He started in China as Mao Tse Tung took over and slowly escaped from China into Tibet but through a misunderstanding was beheaded by Tibetan security forces even though the Dalai Lama had wanted to see him alive. But through a mistake in communications the security officer thought he was supposed to bring Mr. Mackiernan's head only to Lhasa. The first Soviet Nuclear bomb test was August 29th 1949. Douglas Mackiernan was to pick up the blasts as earthquakes using seismographic testers in China. But he had to leave Tzehu in late August because the Communist Chinese Army was moving westward. The survivors of his group made it to New Delhi overland through Mongolia and Tibet and Sikkim and Calcutta by August 30th 1950. Douglas Mackiernan was accidentally beheaded even though most of his group survived when they first entered into Tibet.
Also, the CIA appears to have funded a Tibetan Army in Mustang to fight the Chinese in Tibet. It is said that this is one of the reasons that Mustang was off limits so long. Unfortunately, many Mustang children have been harmed by the weaponry put into Mustang over the years. And the saddest thing of all was that when the U.S. began diplomatic relations with China in the early 1970s it abandoned the CIA trained and funded Army in Mustang. This was when Nixon and Kissinger went to China and created one of the most important diplomatic alliances of the 20th Century. As a result of Nixon and Kissinger's statesmanship the economic relationship between China and the Western World through the U.S. was born. Today both China and the U.S. need each other and through this economic alliance both war and starvation in China has mostly been averted. Nixon and Kissinger's trip likely saved millions of both Chinese and American lives. It is very unfortunate that although Nixon was probably the greatest Western Statesman and diplomat of the 20th Century he was also paranoid enough to create "Watergate" which "sunk his presidency". However, genius often is a paradox.
IF you go to the Amazon.com site below look to see inside the book as offered. if you go down the offered pages far enough you will see a page that says "Shegar-Hunlung The Tibet-Sinkiang Border".
This will give you the wild and wooly feel of that day where no one could understand Bessac's Chinese, Mongolian or English and how communications were totally lost.
If you are interested in reading the full book it is listed at Amazon.com below:
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