As US Approves Funding for Tibetans, China Fumes

The United States Congress on Wednesday last week approved the Omnibus Bill that included a total of $17 million funding in aid to the Tibetans both inside and outside Tibet. Following this approval, China has accused the US government’s financial support for Tibetans as a latest move for some political forces in the US to pressure China.

“$8 million has been approved for non-governmental organizations to support activities which preserve cultural traditions and promote sustainable development, education, and environmental conservation in Tibetan communities in the Tibet Autonomous Region and in other Tibetan communities in China.” explained the text of the Omnibus Bill approved by the Congress.

“$6,000,000 shall be made available for pro-grams to promote and preserve Tibetan culture, development, and the resilience of Tibetan communities in India and Nepal, and to assist in the education and development of the next generation of Tibetan leaders from such communities. $3,000,000 shall be made available for programs to strengthen the capacity of Tibetan institutions and governance.” added the bill where it mentioned that all these funds have been made available under the heading “Economic Support Fund”.

“Aside from the trade war and the Taiwan Travel Act, financial support for Tibetan separatist forces is the latest move for some political forces in the US to pressure China as they do not want to see China’s smooth development and onward Sino-US ties,” Zhu Weiqun, chairman of the Ethnic and Religious Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, told according to the report in the Global Times.

Stressing that the bill approved by the US Congress included an additional “$3 million for “programs to strengthen the capacity of Tibetan institutions and governance.” and accused the Tibetans of using the money to create instability in China occupied Tibet.

“It is not strange for the US to approve the bill since it has become the main backstage supporter of separatist forces, especially the so-called Tibetan ‘government-in-exile’ from the 1950s. And the US Central Intelligence Agency used to take part in training Tibetan spies,” Lian Xiangmin, an expert at the China Tibetology Research Center accused according the report.

The financial aids from foreign institutions have enabled the Tibetans to restore their Traditional values in exile following the tragic annexation of Tibet by Chinese troops in 1950s. While the invasion aimed at the wiping away of the Tibetan identity inside Tibet, the same started flourish again in exile post 1959.

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