The Truth about Tibet: Hear Their Stories

 
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Apr 8, 2011

An Update on Tibet

We'd like to share a report by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. This report is available online, but we wanted to highlight their recommendations to the US Government:

"The staff traveled to Tibet to identify areas of common ground,
particularly in the areas of equitable economic development,
environmental protection, and cultural preservation. Discussions
between U. S. and Chinese officials on Tibet issues are often
contentious. Chinese officials tend to characterize U.S. interest in
the human rights situation in Tibet and Washington’s advocacy of
dialogue between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Beijing as unwelcome
intrusions into China’s internal affairs. Beijing objected when the
Congress passed the Tibet Policy Act in 2002, and lodged formal
protests when Congress later awarded the Dalai Lama the Congressional
Gold Medal of Honor. Nonetheless, we believe it remains vital for the
U.S. government, consistent with the Tibet Policy Act, to continue to
urge the government of China to pursue reconciliation with the Dalai
Lama and other Tibetans in exile through mutually respectful dialogue.
Reconciliation would not only help resolve a long-standing political
and humanitarian crisis, but also allow the expertise, resources, and
energy and Tibetans in exile to assist in the economic development of
Tibet and the protection of its fragile environment and unique
culture.

While that dialogue continues, there are steps that the United States
can take that might not only bring direct benefits to the Tibetan
people, but also begin to build a foundation of trust between
Washington and Beijing on Tibetan affairs. Given Beijing’s stated
objectives for Tibet, and in light of some of the economic
development, environmental protection, and cultural preservation
projects we observed there, we believe there is room to explore
collaborative efforts in Tibet. Accordingly, we make the following
recommendations for the U.S. government:

• Working in concert with officials in Beijing and in Tibetan regions
of China, identify specific projects in the areas of sustainable
economic development, environmental protection, and cultural
preservation that could be undertaken jointly. Possible areas include
lessons learned by the United States in dealing with discrimination
and prejudice, bilingual education, environmentally sound mining
practices, collection of data on glacier melt and river management,
historically accurate restoration of cultural relics, collaborative
research on Tibetan Buddhist teachings, etc. Projects could be
implemented through a combination of non-governmental and official
channels, with both private and public funding;

• Cooperating with Chinese officials, seek to scale up existing U.S.-
funded NGO activities in Tibetan regions, studying what works and
replicating success stories in other ethnic minority prefectures; and

• Encourage China to relax restrictions on movement of U.S. government
officials, journalists, tourists, and pilgrims to and from Tibetan
regions, and, consistent with the Tibet Policy Act, press China to
permit the United States to open a Consulate in Lhasa.

Restrictions on access to Tibet make it harder for China to tell the
positive stories of Tibet, even as they afford corrupt or brutal
officials protection from scrutiny. Tibet should be as open as any
other part of China. Establishing a full-time diplomatic post in Lhasa
would not only allow greater support for U.S. citizens traveling to
Tibet, but also signal our government’s enduring commitment to working
with Chinese authorities and the Tibetan people to promote sustainable
economic development, environmental protection, and cultural
preservation."

What do you think? We'd love to hear your thoughts, especially since His Holiness the Dalai Lama is relinquishing his political power to devote more time to his role as a spiritual leader. Share your thoughts here or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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3 Generations

New York, NY, United States
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Jane Wells

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New York, NY United States

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