U.S. concerned at China’s repression of Tibetans, deteriorating human rights

Mike Pompeo said- America is worried about the suppression of the Tibetan community by China

The Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy and Human Rights and Labour Robert Destro will also serve simultaneously as the US Special Coordinator for Tibetan issues, Pompeo told reporters at a news conference here.

Destro's brief will include lobbying for Tibetan human rights and engaging with Tibetan leaders including the Dalai Lama.

Tibetan affairs are China's domestic affairs, and China strongly opposes any form of foreign interference, the Foreign Ministry's spokesman Zhao Lijian said in a daily briefing.

China on Thursday accused the United States of seeking to destabilise Tibet by naming a coordinator for issues there. "History is made today!"

WashingtonThe US has put the dragon on the backfoot by playing the Tibet card amid growing tension with China.

The Democratic Party says Trump has no interest in human rights abuses in Tibet. The US continues concerned with China's "repression of the Tibetan community, including the lack of meaningful autonomy, the deteriorating human rights situation in Tibetan areas, and severe restrictions on Tibetans' religious freedom and cultural traditions within China", Pompeo said in a statement. Just two months ago, China closed the US Consulate in Chengdu for spying in Tibet. The coordinator is, by law, assigned to promote "substantive dialogue" between the government of China and the Dalai Lama, coordinate US policy and projects on Tibet and help promote policies that protect the distinct identity of Tibet and safeguard human rights in the region.

"Special Coordinator Destro will engage Tibetan leaders and global partners and experts to address these issues", he said. Thus, it becomes the moral responsibility of every Tibetans living outside of Tibet to preserve and to promote the unique identity of Tibet. "With our continuous efforts for more than 60 long years, we were constantly facing challenges and difficulties in undertaking our struggle under the relentless threat and policies imposed by Communist China, especially to the Tibetans inside Tibet".

Religion is a highly sensitive topic in Tibet, where the leader of Tibetan Buddhism, the Dalai Lama, fled following a failed uprising against the Chinese administration in 1959. "The Approach which is engaged through peaceful dialogue between the Chinese authorities and the Representatives of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama has come to a standstill after the 9th round of Negotiation in January 2010", he added. They will push for the protection of their human rights.



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