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US reciprocal access law for Tibet to spark serious problem: China


Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at

The Chinese government has criticized the decision of the US government to pass a new law regarding the troubled region of Tibet.

China said it strongly rejected the US law on Tibet, which was considered a violation of the country’s internal affairs and caused serious problems for relations between the two countries.

The US President, Donald Trump, passed the Reciprocal Access Law to Tibet on Wednesday, December 19.

“If the US implements this law, this will create serious problems for China and US relations and cooperation in important areas between the two countries,” said Hua Chunying, spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry on Thursday.

Hua, at a press conference, said the Tibetan law from the US sent a false signal to Tibetan separatist elements. As is known, China sent troops to the Tibetan region in the mountains in 1950 and called it peaceful liberation. China has ruled Tibet with an iron fist since then.

The US Tibet Act opens up access for diplomatic officials, journalists and citizens by denying access to Chinese officials, who are considered responsible for restricting access to Tibet.

Hua added that the US must be fully aware of the full sensitivity of the Tibetan issue and must stop the interference. If not, the US must be responsible for the consequences that arise.

Rights groups say the condition of ethnic Tibetans in the Tibetan Autonomous Region continues to be problematic.

The United Nations High Commission on Human Rights said the condition of Tibet continued to deteriorate in the June 2018 statement.

Every foreigner needs access to special permission to enter Tibet, which is usually given to tourists. They are allowed to tour tightly controlled. This access is often not given to foreign diplomats and journalists.

According to Hua, Tibet is open to visitors as shown by data from 40 thousand visitors from the US since 2015.

However, Hua said the local government controls the arrival of foreigners to Tibet because of geographical location and weather reasons
If China rejects the Tibetan Law, Tibetan human rights groups actually support it. The International Campaign Group for Tibet said the law marked a new era of US support and was a challenge to Chinese policy in Tibet.

“The US told Beijing the consequences faced by officials were being discriminatory against Tibetans and the US. This opens the way for other countries to follow, “said the president of the International Campaign for Tibet, Matteo Mecacci, in a statement.

Tibet will celebrate 60 years of the Dalai Lama’s exile in 2019. The Dalai Lama is the highest Tibetan leader, who had led resistance to China but failed.

During this time, China routinely criticized the Dalai Lama as a dangerous separatist. The Dalai Lama responded that he only wanted pure autonomy for his homeland.

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