US Congress asks China to end ‘Tibet’ repression


Washington : The US House of Representatives has nearly unanimously passed a resolution asking China to end ‘repression’ in Tibet despite Beijing’s protests against the bill. 

The Republican lawmaker sneaked undercover into Tibet in 1997 and said he heard accounts of torture by monks and nuns who merely expressed support for the Dalai Lama. 

China broke up another round of protests on 2008’s anniversary of the 1959 uprising. Rights groups say more than 200 people died and 1,200 remain unaccounted for a year later.

 

An overwhelming 422 lawmakers on Wednesday supported the resolution, with only one voting against the statement asking China to “cease its repression of the Tibetan people and to lift immediately the harsh policies imposed on Tibetans.”

It also calls on China to resume dialogue with the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, to “find a lasting solution to the Tibetan issue” and salutes India for hosting tens of thousands of Tibetan refugees.

China warned that US criticism on Tibet would harm ties between the two countries. Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi was holding talks in Washington on Wednesday and was to meet on Thursday with President Barack Obama.

“I hope the foreign minister who’s in town today hears it — it is cultural genocide, systematically destroying the framework of Tibetan society,” said Congressman Frank Wolf, a sponsor of the resolution.

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