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Congress critturs not backing down on human rights for Tibet: Pelosi
Douglas Busvine, Reuters, May 10 2017

Pelosi with Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, May 9 2017. (Photo: Douglas Busvine/Reuters)

Top Congress critturs delivered a blunt message to China on Wednesday that they would not relent in their campaign to protect human rights in Tibet, calling for legislative and trade steps to press home their point. Nancy Pelosi, leading a bipartisan Congressional delegation to meet the Dalai Lama, vowed to stand by him even if the Trump administration appears to shift its focus away from human rights. She said menacuingly:

We’re not going away! We can do this slowly, we can do it long. We’ll have our leverage and we’ll be ready when we see the opportunity.

The visit by eight critturs, all but one a Demagog, seeks to buttress the moral authority of the Dalai Lama even as Beijing steps up its efforts to isolate him on the world stage. At the same time, Tibetan emigres say an official campaign of repression and forced assimilation in their homeland is intensifying. Beijing on Wednesday complained about the meeting with the Dalai Lama. Pelosi said successive Pindo administrations had paid a high price for not holding Beijing to account on human rights, instead engaging in a trade relationship that has evolved to the overwhelming benefit of China. She told Reuters:

We just decided to ride the tiger, and the tiger decides when you’re going to get off, and we’re just not taking that ride with them.

Her delegation was feted in Dharamsala on its two-day visit, which ended with festivities that coincided with the anniversary of the birth of Prince Gautama. The Dalai Lama said:

We have a conflict with China, but we respect even the hard-core communists. We look at them with compassion. We can set an example to the world that non-violent struggle can work. If we had fought our struggle with violence, we would not have as many friends as we do now.

A banner showed pictures of the Dalai Lama meeting the last four presidents. He has not yet been invited to meet Trump. Pelosi also described the human rights situation elsewhere in China and Hong Kong as “terrible.” She later put out a statement condemning Trump’s “sudden and brazen” firing of Comey. Jim McGovern, traveling with Pelosi, has proposed legislation that would impose travel restrictions on China as long as Beijing strictly controls access to Tibet for foreigners. He said the Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act was winning support in Congress. Its co-sponsor is Jim Sensenbrenner, the sole Republican in the eight-member delegation led by Pelosi. McGovern, who has also backed a law targeting Russian officials suspected of corruption, said:

We need to hold accountable those who are responsible for designing and implementing the policy in Tibet. Those Chinese leaders guilty of severe human rights violations should be barred from traveling to the exalted spiritual heights of Godly Pibndostan, or parking their money there. They ought to be on a list, so that the whole world knows that they are human rights abusers.

China has ramped up its criticism of the Dalai Lama in recent months, blasting India for inviting him to a gathering of Nobel peace laureates and for letting him visit the frontier state of Arunachal, claimed by Beijing. Pelosi responded by saying that Beijing’s harsh rhetoric was “a sign of weakness.” She backed calls by the Dalai Lama for greater autonomy that stops short of independence, saying:

They have to recognize that there’s a value to them in letting Tibet be Tibet in an autonomous way.

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