Washington: A top official in US President Donald Trump’s administration said to lawmakers that the decision on picking the next Dalai Lama should be as per Tibet’s religious traditions and that it is not a role of the state, hinting that the United States will oppose any move by China to impose its own Dalai Lama.
During a Congressional hearing Laura Stone, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs said “The United States has a very clear position that religious decisions should be made within religious organisation and that this isn’t the role of the state” this statement told to the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific and International Cybersecurity policy.
The Senator has asked “ According to China, they will pick the next Dalai Lama. The Tibetan policy, actually in 2002, mandated that Americans officials visit Tibet on a regular basis. I want to get into both these. If China proceeds and tries to impose a Dalai Lama what will the US response be?
Senator Gardner said that it is clear that this Congress will not recognise a Chinese imposition.
On the same question, Ms Stone said that the Senator’s question is an important signal in itself to the Chinese government that this is the Kind of issue that the United States is watching very closely and at very senior levels.
She contend that “ I wouldn’t want to prejudge how this, a future scenario, would roll out but I would like to lay a marker that is the clear position of the United States government and, I think, widely supported within the American society, that those are the kinds of decisions that should be made by religious communities on their own and without outside interference”
The crackdown in Tibet is intensifying while Beijing continues to refuse negotiations with the Central Tibetan Administration said, Senator Gardner.
He said “ Human rights defenders are routinely jailed, tortured, and otherwise deprived of liberty. A genuine freedom of speech and assembly are nonexistent. Corruption and abuse of power are rampant. The judicial system is a toll of the state and the party and not an impartial arbiter of legal disputes”
Ms Stone of the United States said that at the lack of meaning autonomy for Chinese people. She added “ We have certainly pressed for the release of detained activists throughout the entire country, but very importantly, on the Tibet plateau and in historical Tibet”
Ms Stone mentions over the US has been pushing for access to Tibet with the Chinese authorities “ I know that an important issue. We do want to work with Congress on that shared goal and we do continue to have very serious concerns about the ability of the Tibetan people to continue to have the ability to express their unique culture, their unique language, and their religious practices”