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Resolve Tibet Act: US Congress Passes Bill To Support Tibet's Right To Autonomy

During a recent trip to Dharamshala, US Representative Michael McCaul announced that President Joe Biden will sign the “Resolve Tibet Act,” officially known as the “Promoting a Resolution to the Tibet-China Conflict Act.” This law aims to address the ongoing conflict between Tibet and China by encouraging dialogue and fighting Chinese misinformation. Last Wednesday, the […]

During a recent trip to Dharamshala, US Representative Michael McCaul announced that President Joe Biden will sign the “Resolve Tibet Act,” officially known as the “Promoting a Resolution to the Tibet-China Conflict Act.” This law aims to address the ongoing conflict between Tibet and China by encouraging dialogue and fighting Chinese misinformation.

Last Wednesday, the bill passed in the US House of Representatives with 391 votes in favour and 26 against. It urges for meaningful talk between the Chinese government and Tibetan leaders, including the Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA). It also mentions that the US rejects China’s historical claims over Tibet and actively stand up against the Chinese propaganda about the region.

McCaul stressed that the bill expresses America’s commitment to support Tibet’s distinct cultural, religious, and linguistic heritage in the face of Chinese oppression. He highlighted the legislation’s role to ensure that Tibetans have a voice in shaping their future. He also emphasized Tibet’s resistance towards the Chinese Communist Party’s efforts to undermine Tibetan identity.

The bill further assigns the US Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues to lead efforts in tackling misinformation and promote international collaboration to resolve the conflict through peaceful talks. It also reassures the State Department’s duty to coordinate global initiatives that are aimed at a negotiated settlement regarding Tibet.

Senator Jeff Merkley and Senator Todd Young, who contributed in getting the bill through the Senate, emphasized its importance in advancing freedom and self-determination for Tibetans. Namgyal Choedup, speaking for the CTA also thanked the US for its support and affirmed their commitment to a peaceful resolution using the Middle Way Approach proposed by the Dalai Lama.

The bill’s approval in both houses of Congress and its upcoming signing by President Biden represent a significant move in US policy on Tibet.

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