Tibetan government-in-exile has praised the United States’ move to sanction visas of Chinese officials over restricted access to Tibet, saying that China needs to follow rules and regulations.
“I think this is a very good step that America has taken because China needs to follow certain rules and regulations. What China has been doing in Tibet, Uighur, Mongolia is not appreciable. There is a lot of human right violations, religious freedoms are being trampled down and China is not heeding what the International community is saying,” the Tibetan government-in-exile’s spokesperson, TG Arya said.
In July, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had announced visa restrictions under Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act on some Chinese officials determined to be “substantially involved in the formulation or execution of policies related to access for foreigners to Tibetan areas”.
Pompeo said that the access to Tibetan areas is increasingly vital to regional stability, given the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) human rights abuses in the region, as well as Beijing’s failure to prevent “environmental degradation near the headwaters of Asia’s major rivers”.
He pointed out that Beijing has continued “systematically to obstruct travel to the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR) and other Tibetan areas” by U.S. diplomats and other officials, journalists, and tourists, while PRC officials and other citizens enjoy far greater access to the United States.
Arya highlighted that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has missed certain officials who are violating human rights in China, Tibet and Hong Kong. “Especially the party secretary Chen Wang Hu who has been very brutal in suppressing the people in Uyghur region so they have all been denied visas to the United States and there family members and relatives are also not allowed to visit the US and this is a very good step that America has taken,” he said.