US authorizes sanctions for China Dalai Lama meddling
Washington (AFP) - President Donald Trump has signed a law that authorizes US sanctions on Chinese officials if they interfere in Tibetan Buddhists' selection of the next Dalai Lama. Congress overwhelmingly approved the Tibetan Policy and Support Act amid growing concern that Beijing will seek to handpick a successor to the 85-year-old spiritual leader, hoping the movement for greater freedoms in the Chinese-ruled Himalayan region will wither away without its charismatic figurehead. Beijing said in January that the act "grossly interferes in China's internal affairs" after the House of Represe...
China slams US appointment of envoy for Tibet human rights
Beijing (AFP) - Beijing lashed out Thursday at Washington's appointment of an envoy to oversee human rights issues in Tibet, saying the US wanted to destroy the region's stability."The US side should stop using the Tibet issue to interfere in China’s internal affairs and destroy Tibet’s development and stability," foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a routine briefing.The US State Department on Wednesday named top human rights official Robert Destro as Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues.Bilateral ties between the US and China have sharply deteriorated over Washington's frequent ...