New US ambassador to China is deeply concerned about the lack of respect for human rights inside Tibet. Mr. Terry Branstad who was confirmed as the new US ambassador to China in the beginning of the previous month and when faced with questions about Tibet and human rights, he acknowledged that he is deeply concerned about the lack of respect for human rights and rule of law in Tibet.
“I remain deeply concerned about the lack of respect for human rights and rule of law in Tibet. I will urge Chinese authorities to engage in meaningful and direct dialogue with the Dalai Lama and his representatives to lower tensions and resolve differences.” said the new US ambassador to China.
He also said that he will press on China to provide meaningful autonomy for Tibetans and cease restrictions on Tibetan religious, linguistic, and cultural practices. He added that he will engage with Chinese government regarding interference in Tibetan religious matters, particularly the selection and education of the reincarnate lamas who lead the faith.
“China’s refusal to grant regular consular access to Americans in the Tibetan Autonomous Region represents a failure by the Chinese government to live up to their international obligations. If confirmed, I will also continue to press the Chinese government to allow for the option to open a U.S. Consulate in Lhasa.” the new US ambassador to China replied to the question if he will commit to pressing China in opening a US consulate in Lhasa.
Mr. Terry Branstad though have testified about the human rights issues in Tibet, he has a long-standing and personal friendship with Chinese President Xi Jinping that dates back to 1985. It remains to be seen if he has actually been appointed to stand up to real American values or to warm up the US China relationship especially when Donald Trump and Xi Jingping has not been getting along very well.