US should take up Tibetan Buddhism suppression with China: experts

"The Chinese Government has intensified its efforts to suppress Tibetan Buddhism," he said, adding that Beijing recently has appointed Communist Party members to control the monastery education system.

By: PTI | Washington | Published: September 16, 2017 2:45 pm
china tibet, us on tibet, tibetan buddhism, us china, indian express news, world news Expressing concern over the Chinese government control over reincarnation system of Tibet, he said this it was a very serious matter.

Tibetan leaders and eminent experts have urged the Trump administration to take up with China on a priority basis the issue of “suppression” of Tibetan Buddhism. The Chinese government implements countless restrictions on Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan’s peaceful religions activity that have created an extremely oppressive environment, said Tenzin Dorjee, the commissioner of the US Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) during a Congressional briefing on ‘Tibetan Buddhism Today’.

“The Chinese Government has intensified its efforts to suppress Tibetan Buddhism,” he said, adding that Beijing recently has appointed Communist Party members to control the monastery education system. The Chinese Government seeks to strike at the heart of Tibetan Buddhism by attacking the Tibetan religious and educational institutions, he alleged.

Expressing concern over the Chinese government control over reincarnation system of Tibet, he said this it was a very serious matter. In his remarks, Dorjee urged US Congress to pass the Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act, which would deny entry into the US to Chinese government officials responsible for creating or administering restrictions on US government officials, journalists, independent observers, and tourists seeking to travel to Tibetan areas.

Bhuchung K Tsering, vice president of International Campaign for Tibet, said that the Trump administration should implement the Tibet Policy Act of 2002 to send a message to China that the US wants a solution to the Tibetan issue through negotiations between the Chinese leadership and representatives of the Dalai Lama.

This includes the early appointment of the Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, whose central objective is to encourage such a negotiation, he said. The Tibetan Policy Act stipulates that the administration should call for “the immediate and unconditional release of all those held prisoner for expressing their political or religious views in Tibet.”

Tsering said the US should support the call made by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in 2012, urging Chinese authorities to address the longstanding grievances that have led to an alarming escalation in forms of protest, including self-immolations, in Tibetan areas. The US should support the UN call to China “to allow independent and impartial monitors to visit and assess the actual conditions on the ground, and to lift restrictions on media access to the region,” he said.

Tsering argued that Congress should send a similar strong message to China by enacting the Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act, a bipartisan, bicameral legislation that aims to call for the same access to American diplomats, journalists, and citizens to Tibet, just as their Chinese counterparts get in the US. In her remarks, Sarah Cook, senior research analyst for East Asia at Freedom House, urged the Trump administration to retain China’s designation as a country of particular concern under the International Religious Freedom Act and impose additional penalties available under the law.

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    Dr.R.M.Bharadwaj
    Sep 27, 2017 at 10:51 pm
    China has lately allowed itself to become the greatest terrorist country in the world.It has forcefully occupied the free country of Tibet in1959.it had no business n morality to do that.It is the most immoral n undemecratic dictatorial one party communist Imperialist government.The world community n Governments will ultimately realize that bully China has illegally occupied Tibet and ethnically cleansing it.China is sending it's communist immoral cadres to change the demography of great Tibet. When the Democratic world will realize it, it will be too late and the final way to free Tibet from the illegal occupation of immoral undemecratic China will be to wage a war .and that will be very severe n dangerous.With love n affection to the naive n ordinary people of China.
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      Dr.R.M.Bharadwaj
      Sep 25, 2017 at 12:01 am
      Undemecratic n Imperialist Chinese communist party Government must be reined in by the saneer world powers to respect the great n peaceful Tibetan People n their culture which the Chinese have been trampling n using the Tibetans as slaves before it is too late.This may lead to a world moral crisis n a war on this one issue
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        Sushinori
        Sep 20, 2017 at 1:23 pm
        You could at least put a photo of Tibetan monks and not monks from the Theravada tradition
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          passang
          Sep 17, 2017 at 9:18 pm
          In the picture they are not a Tibetan monks, please be careful with this kind of mistake. You might know the case of Rohinga refugee, people are using pictures from Yushu Tibet earthquake.
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          1. John Ssb
            Sep 17, 2017 at 10:47 am
            Sadly US is a toothless tiger now they couldn't even control NK how they able to control China unless they put economic sactions on China
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