You may compare him with the tenth Panchen Lama. Panchen ever was put into jail for 10 years. after he got out from prison ,regained freedom, Afterwards he was respected by tibetans, was considered the leader of tibet buddhism by CCP, chinese center government treated him quite well. BTW, Tibet has two Buddhism leader, Banchen Lama, Dalai Lama,they managed front tibet and back tibet individually under supervision of center government. Banchen Lama once escaped to Yadong(a small city, near the border between india and China) from Lhasa with Dalai Lama. But he returned back to tibet due to be persuaded by CCP.
The difference with Panchen is that Dalai never set foot in tibet from then on.