America will take a tough stand on Tibet
Members of the US Congress have called for a meeting between President Joe Biden and Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.
It has been said that American laws regarding Tibet should be fully implemented and the practice of calling Tibet a part of China should end. More than 60 members of the US Congress have said this in the new Senate.
It is clear from the letter written to Under Secretary of State Ujra Jeya that Congress is now focusing on the Tibet issue. Tibet, a historically independent country that has been brutally occupied by China for more than 60 years, has been consistently supported by the US. According to reports, Zeya may soon be appointed as the Special Coordinator for Tibetan Affairs in the State Department.
Campaign groups for Tibet have said about the letter that Congress expects the Biden administration to act in a meaningful way soon to support the Tibetan people. The International Campaign for Tibet has thanked 38 senators and 27 representatives for coming together on the Tibet issue.
The Tibetan Policy Act of 2002 mandates the appointment of a Special Coordinator. The letter appeals to the administration to engage with the Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration.
There has been an appeal to oppose Chinese interference regarding the successor of the Dalai Lama. The Xi Jinping government is planning to appoint the 86-year-old Dalai Lama as his successor, but the 2020 Tibetan Policy and Support Act states that only the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Buddhist community can decide on his succession.