Democratic Party presidential candidate Joe Biden criticized what he called the”deafening silence” of President Donald Trump about the problem of China’s human rights abuses in Tibet, stating he’d be a powerful guardian of Tibetans’ cultural and spiritual rights.
“As President, I will put values back in the middle of American foreign policy,” Biden said in a Sept. 3 announcement.
“I will meet with [exiled Tibetan spiritual leader] His Holiness the Dalai Lama, create a new Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, also insist that the Chinese authorities reestablish accessibility to Tibet to U.S. citizens, such as our diplomats and journalists,” Biden said.
“My government will [also] sanction Chinese officials accountable for human rights abuses in Tibet, also measure up support to the Tibetan people, such as by enlarging Tibetan language solutions in Radio Free Asia and Voice of America to find information from the external world into Tibet,” Biden said.
Biden also vowed to utilize U.S. allies to press Beijing to return to talks with”agents of the Tibetan people” to attain greater freedoms and independence in the previously independent Himalayan nation, which China took over by force almost 70 years past.
Nine rounds of discussions were held between envoys of the Dalai Lama and high-tech officials starting 2002, but postponed 2010 and were not resumed.
The Dalai Lama has fulfilled all the previous four U.S. presidents, occasionally in unofficial drop-by experiences during scheduled meetings with other mature U.S. government figures, but hasn’t yet met with Donald Trump, that hasn’t invited him into the White House, media sources state.
Reached for comment, Karma Choeying–a spokesperson for the Central Tibetan Administration, Tibet’s India-based authorities in exile–welcomed Biden’s announcement, noting that successive U.S. administrations and the U.S. Congress have”always supported the just cause of Tibet.”
“Now, the U.S. Democratic Presidential Candidate is promising to do exactly the same, and we welcome his announcement,” Choeying explained.
“Whether it’s religious freedom in Tibet, human rights, the preservation of culture and security of the Tibetan people’s values, or growth of the Radio Free Asia and Voice of America Tibetan language solutions –all these agendas recorded in Joe Biden’s announcement are needed and also good,” additional Pema Jungney, Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile in Dharamsala, India.
“When he wins, I expect he’ll do what he is guaranteed,” Pema Jungney said.
“For today, [Biden] is a candidate and not yet chosen,” Nima Dorjee, a Tibetan resident of Dharamsala, stated. “And the voice of a presidential candidate along with a sitting president have different weight. When he wins and remains true to his voice, this is great news.”
Visas for Chinese officials limited
Tibet policy centers of this Trump government have attracted support from the India-based CTA and the Washington-based Tibetan advocacy group the International Campaign for Tibet.
On July 7, 2020, U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo declared U.S. visa limitations on chosen Chinese officials deemed accountable for policies limiting access for foreigners to Tibetan regions of China, pursuant to the Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act signed into law by President Trump at December 2018.
The legislation also requires the State Department to provide to the Congress annually a listing of U.S. taxpayers denied entrance into Tibet.
Washington has complained that Chinese diplomats, scholars, and journalists like unrestricted travel in the USA, while China closely restricts the accessibility of U.S. counterparts to Tibet and other locations.
A previously independent state, Tibet was invaded and integrated into China by drive almost 70 decades past, after the Dalai Lama and thousands of his followers fled to exile in India and other nations around the globe.
Chinese governments maintain a tight grasp on the area, limiting Tibetans’ political actions and tranquil expression of cultural and spiritual identity, and exposing Tibetans into persecution, torture, imprisonment, and extrajudicial killings.
Reported and interpreted by Rigdhen Dolma for RFA’s Tibetan Service. Written in English from Richard Finney.