Published: Mon, October 19, 2020

US Department of State: Designation of US Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues

US Department of State: Designation of US Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues

According to a press release issued by the Foreign Ministry, Pompeo issued the statement following the announcement of Robert A. Destro, assistant secretary of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, as the United States' special coordinator for Tibetan issues.

'Proud to name Robert Destro as U.S. Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues. Protect the unique religious, cultural, and linguistic identity of Tibetans and push for respect for their human rights.

Destro was on Thursday confirmed as the special coordinator for Tibetan issues, after Pompeo named him to the post earlier this week.

Last month Mr. Pompeo had urged Beijing to engage in dialogue with the Dalai Lama and his representatives "without preconditions". "I am convinced that he will be an ardent advocate for the Tibetan cause and the CTA under the leadership of His Holiness the Dalai Lama", remarked Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay.

China on Thursday attacked the U.S. of trying to destabilize Tibet, moments after Washington designated a senior official to look after Tibetan affairs as it uprises pressure on Beijing on human rights issues.

The transfer program, which involves government-set quotas for labourers and includes a focus on ideological training, has riled rights groups and Tibetan activists outside China, who say it is coercive - an assertion China rejects. "History is made today!"

Sangay shared a picture with Destro on Facebook.

'We believe Tibet's future will be better.

"There is no element of coercion", Che Dhala, Chairman of the Tibet Autonomous Region, said in response to a question on whether nomads are forced to participate in the training programs, adding that people are trained in skills they want, such as driving or welding.

The US remains concerned with the Chinese repression of the Tibetan community, including the lack of meaningful autonomy, the deteriorating human rights situation in Tibetan areas, and severe restrictions on Tibetans' religious freedom and cultural traditions within China, he said.

"The setting up of the so-called coordinator for Tibetan issues is entirely out of political manipulation to interfere in China's internal affairs and destabilise Tibet".

He further wrote, "As you have witnessed, since the illegal invasion of Tibet by the People's Republic of China, the Tibetan culture, language, and history are under utmost threat from its massive destruction, oppression and brutal regime of Communist China".

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