The head of the Tibetan authorities in exile has visited the US White House for the first time in six decades, a transfer that might additional infuriate Beijing, which has accused the United States of making an attempt to destabilise the area.
Lobsan Sangay, President of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), was invited to the White House to satisfy the newly appointed US Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, Robert Destro, on Friday, the CTA stated in a press launch.
“This unprecedented meeting perhaps will set an optimistic tone for CTA participation with US officials and be more formalised in the coming years,” stated the CTA, which relies in India’s Dharamshala.
Tibet has change into one of many areas of dispute between the United States and China, with relations between the world’s two greatest economies at their lowest level in decades.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Beijing in July of violating Tibetan human rights and stated Washington supported “meaningful autonomy” for the area.
Beijing officers have since accused the United States of utilizing Tibet to attempt to promote “splittism” in China. China has additionally refused to interact with Destro.
China seized management over Tibet in 1950 in what it described as a “peaceful liberation” that helped it throw off its “feudalist past”, however critics led by the exiled non secular leader the Dalai Lama say Beijing’s rule quantities to “cultural genocide”.
Chinese President Xi Jinping stated in August that China wanted to construct an “impregnable fortress” in Tibet in order to guard nationwide unity.