On Thursday, China blamed the United States for trying to destabilize Tibet, after the Trump administration selected a senior human rights official as a special coordinator for issues related to Tibet.
China Claims Tibet is its Internal Affair
Mike Pompeo, the U.S. Secretary of State declared on Wednesday that Robert Destro, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, would be appointed for the additional post, which has not been filled since the dawn of President Donald Trump’s term in 2017.
China has continuously avoided dealing with the U.S. coordinator. They see it as an intrusion in its internal affairs.
“Tibet affairs are China’s internal affairs that allow no foreign interference,” said Zhao Lijian, who is a spokesman at the Chinese foreign ministry.
“The setting up of the so-called coordinator for Tibetan issues is entirely out of political manipulation to interfere in China’s internal affairs and destabilize Tibet. China firmly opposes that,” Zhao stated at a general media briefing.
The announcement has surfaced at a time when U.S.-China relations seem bumpy and have sunk to the lowest point in many years over a spectrum of problems. The issues include trade, Taiwan, human rights, the South China Sea, and off-course the coronavirus.
Destro “will lead U.S. efforts to promote dialogue between the People’s Republic of China and the Dalai Lama or his representatives; protect the unique religious, cultural, and linguistic identity of Tibetans; and press for their human rights to be respected,” Pompeo explained in a statement.
China seized control of Tibet in 1950 and referred to as “peaceful liberation” that helped the region situated in the remote Himalayas to throw off its “feudalist” history.
“People of all ethnic groups in Tibet are part of the big family of the Chinese nation, and since its peaceful liberation, Tibet has had prosperous economic growth,” Zhao said.
Everyone in Tibet appreciated the religious freedom and their rights were fully respected and adhered to, he added.
However, critics, led by the exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, believe that Beijing’s rule will lead to “cultural genocide.”
In July, Pompeo stated that the United States would ban visas for some Chinese officials indulged in barring diplomatic access to Tibet and engaging in “human rights abuses,” adding that Washington supported “meaningful autonomy” for Tibet.
Despite that, Trump – unlike his predecessor Barack Obama – has not met the Dalai Lama during his presidency.
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