Amid tensions with China, US ups Tibet scrutiny with new appointment

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 18, 2020

On Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appointed Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Robert Destro as the special coordinator.

He said, "the setting up of the so-called special coordinator for Tibetan issues is entirely out of political manipulation to interfere in China's internal affairs and destabilise Xizang", the Chinese name for Tibet.

"He will focus on advancing dialogue between the Communist-run government in Beijing and the Dalai Lama, protecting the distinct religious cultural and linguistic identity of Tibetans, improving respect for their human rights and much, much more", Pompeo said. "History is made today!"

China's authority over Tibet has always been an irritant in U.S.

Rights groups and Tibetan diaspora activists say Tibetans have suffered harsh restrictions on their religion and culture under Chinese rule - including the demolition of monasteries - which culminated in several self-immolation protests by Tibetans in recent years.

'We believe Tibet's future will be better.

Sangay shared a picture of him with Destro on Twitter with a caption that read, "Great honour to meet with the Special Coordinator on Tibetan Issues Robert A Destro".

"We are pleased that this meeting was finally approved by nine different offices within the State Department".

China's policies toward Tibet have always been a subject of global dispute, with support for the region's autonomy and its exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, often a bipartisan issue in Washington.

"I, on behalf of the 16th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile and the Tibetans in Tibet and around the world would like to express my earnest gratitude to the United States government and congratulate you on being appointed as the new Special Coordinator for the Tibetan Issues", said Pema Jungney Speaker of the 16th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile.

Special Coordinator Destro will engage the Tibetan leaders and worldwide partners and experts to address these issues.

China had hit back calling the appointment an attempt to interfere in China's domestic affairs. The exiled religious leader of Tibet living in India, the Dalai Lama has been demanding meaningful autonomy for the people of Tibet. They will push for the protection of their human rights.

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