The head of the Tibetan authorities in exile has visited the White House for the first time in six decades and met the newly appointed senior US official on Tibetan points, the Central Tibetan Administration mentioned on Saturday, a improvement that would enrage Beijing, which has accused the US of attempting to intervene in China’s inner affairs.
Dr Lobsang Sangay entered the United States White House on Friday — a historic feat. This is the first time within the final 6 decades the pinnacle of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) has been invited into the White House, the CTA mentioned in an announcement.
“It is a great honour to be the first political head of the Central Tibetan Administration to formally enter the White House,” Sangay mentioned in a tweet.
“Today’s visit amounts to an acknowledgement of both the democratic system of the CTA and its political head… This unprecedented meeting perhaps will set an optimistic tone for CTA participation with US officials and be more formalised in the coming years,” mentioned the CTA, which is predicated in Dharamshala in India.
Sangay, the 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, it mentioned.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on October 15 named senior diplomat Destro as Special Coordinator for Tibetan points, who, amongst different issues, would deal with advancing dialogue between the Communist authorities in China and the Dalai Lama.
Announcing Destro’s appointment, Pompeo mentioned it was according to the Tibetan Policy Act and he’ll lead the US efforts to advertise dialogue between China and the Dalai Lama or his representatives; defend the distinctive spiritual, cultural and linguistic identification of Tibetans; and press for their human rights to be revered.
China has criticised Destro’s appointment, saying it amounted to political manipulation geared toward destabilising Tibet.
After Destro’s appointment, Sangay met him and mentioned the state of affairs in Tibet.
Asked concerning the Destro-Sangay assembly, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian advised a media briefing final month: “Xizang’s (Tibet’s) affairs (are) purely China’s internal affairs. No external forces shall interfere in them”.
“Appointing the so-called particular coordinator for Tibetan points is a political transfer to intervene in China’s inner affairs and sabotage Xizang’s stability,” he said.
China firmly opposes any official exchanges between countries having diplomatic ties with China and Taiwan or signing any official documents, he said.
Beijing views the Dalai Lama as a splittist who is working with foreign forces to separate Tibet from China.
In his address to a key meeting on Tibet in August, Chinese President Xi Jinping called for building a “new modern socialist” Tibet, constructing an “impregnable wall” against separatism in the sensitive Himalayan region and “sinicisation” of the Tibetan Buddhism.