Head of Tibetan ‘Government in Exile’ on US visit

Washington: Dr Lobsang Sangay, Sikyong (President) and senior leader in the Tibetan government-in-exile, visited the United States on Friday. This is the first visit of a head of the Tibetan government, operating from India, to the United States, in the last six decades. The Tibetan government-in-exile reacted that this became possible only because of the invitation received from the United States. This invitation extended by the United States to the Tibetan government comes as a major jolt to China.

Head of Tibetan ‘Government in Exile’ on US visitThe Tibetan government-in-exile underlined the importance of Dr Sangay’s visit to the United States saying, ‘The United States has never officially invited the head of the Tibetan government-in-exile in the last six decades. The reason for this was the refusal to recognise the Tibetan government-in-exile by the United States. Therefore, this invitation received now is the recognition awarded to the Tibetan government-in-exile by the United States.’ Dr Lobsang Sangay said that this is a major victory for the Tibetan population and the supporters of Tibet.

Head of Tibetan ‘Government in Exile’ on US visitThe Head of Tibetan government-in-exile, Dr Lobsang Sangay, visited the White House on Friday. At that time, he met the US Special Representative for Tibet, Robert Destro. This is the second meeting of Dr Sangay with Robert Destro since his selection as special representative for Tibet. During the meeting at the White House, Dr Sangay thanked the United States for the invitation and discussed Tibet related issues. It is revealed that the United States, inviting the head of the Tibetan government-in-exile, has delivered two major jolts to China over the same issue. The House of Representatives in the US Congress passed a resolution pertaining to the autonomy of Tibet. The resolution says that Tibet is an important region from a religious and cultural point of view, and the Tibet issue has to be resolved only through peaceful negotiations. At that time, the work of Tibetan leader and religious head, Dalai Lama, also was honoured. At the same time, a report regarding China, released by the US department of state, said that Tibet had been acquired with military aggression. This is the first such mention of Tibet by the United States. An accusation that the Chinese communist regime is meting out atrocities to the six million Tibetan people also has been made.

The United States has maintained its policy to keep China, who is in trouble because of the Coronavirus pandemic and the domination activities, under pressure. The decisions of the United States on issues like Uyghurs and Tibet only indicate the US intent. The developments regarding Tibet suggest that the intensity and frequency of such decisions will only increase in the future.

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