The almost forgotten conflict between China and Tibet has flared up again as U.S. lawmakers in the House of Representatives and Senate have introduced a bill to strengthen U.S. policies for the peaceful resolution of their disputes over Tibet, Tibet Press reports.
According to Tibet Press, the law, which is known as the Resolve Tibet Act, will make the official US policy that China must resume dialogue with the Dalai Lama’s envoys, since the conflict between Tibet and China is still unresolved, and the legal status of Tibet has yet to be determined according to international law.
The timing of the legislation is important because it was introduced during the visit of Penpa Tsering, Chairman of the Central Tibetan Administration to the US. He is visiting Washington for a meeting with US lawmakers, including the main sponsors of the legislation and officials of the Biden administration.
The Dalai Lama has been accused by Beijing in the past of “separatist” activities and attempts to divide Tibet. However, the Tibetan spiritual leader has stressed that he is not striving for independence, but for “real autonomy for all Tibetans living in the three traditional provinces of Tibet” within the framework of the ” Middle Way approach.”
The Resolve Tibet Act offers new hope that the decades-long crisis in Tibet can be ended peacefully, according to Tibet Press. The oppression of the Tibetans under China’s authoritarian regime continues, and control is becoming heavier in the region by the day. Because of the political sensitivity in the region, Tibetans face heavier consequences and more intense surveillance than citizens in other countries. According to various media, the Tibetans are still persecuted, molested, harassed, beaten and tortured in their own territory.
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