US won't gain anything by using Tibet issue

Publish Time: 2021-01-13 Author: Xiao Jie From: China Daily


To contain China's peaceful rise, the United States administration has been triggering trade frictions and imposing technology blockades for the past more than two years. And to help the administration in its evil designs, some US politicians have forced the passage of Tibet-related bills in the Congress and are providing all kinds of assistance for the Dalai Lama clique which is involved in separatist activities.

The Congress recently passed the so-called Tibet Policy and Support Act of 2020, which was later signed into law by President Donald Trump. The act disregards the all-round progress and historic achievements the Tibet autonomous region has made in various fields under the leadership of the Communist Party of China, distorts facts and makes groundless allegations about the human rights situation in Tibet, and ridiculously claims the "Tibetan government in exile" is "democratically elected" and thus represents and reflects the "will" of Tibetans in exile.

Illegal organization trying to split country

The so-called Tibetan government in exile is, in essence, an illegal organization that has been scheming to split China. As such, the US act is an assault on facts, a stark departure from the official stance of successive US administrations, a show of arrogance by some US politicians, and more importantly, a direct interference in China's internal affairs.

From a historical perspective, the "Tibetan government in exile" is autocratic and ridden with internal strife, not to mention its despotic nature. In 1959, after the failure of an armed rebellion by the reactionary upper class in Tibet, the 14th Dalai Lama and some of his followers fled to India and established the "Tibetan government in exile".

In essence, this illegal organization comprises the residual force of the old theocratic local government in Tibet, and the Dalai Lama's theocracy forms the basis of the "Tibetan government in exile". And clan politics, in which the members of the Dalai Lama's family have long held the core power, is the organizational foundation of the "Tibetan government in exile". By virtue of theocracy and family politics, the Dalai Lama continues the autocratic rule of old Tibet through this pseudo-government. Even though the Dalai Lama announced his so-called political retirement in 2011, theocracy remains the power base of the "Tibetan government in exile" and the authority of the Dalai Lama is still intact.

Not recognized by global community

From the legal point of view, the "Tibetan government in exile" has never been recognized by any foreign government and thus is completely illegitimate. Judging by international relations and international law, any government or governmental organization has to get the international community's recognition to gain legitimacy.

And since the international community generally follows the "one-China" principle, there is no scope for any government in exile. For example, the three China-US joint communiques, the legal and political basis of Sino-US relations, recognize that "there is only one China and the government of the People's Republic of China is the sole legal government of China". So how can the Congress pass an act and the president sign it into law which violates the basic principle of the US government?

Although the "Tibet Policy and Support Act of 2020" is aimed at legitimizing the "Tibetan government in exile", it itself lacks any legal basis. Nearly 200,000 Tibetans are scattered in other countries around the world. Tibetans outside China must first abide by the laws of the country they live in. And the Chinese government, respecting international law and the sovereignty of all countries, supports the integration of the Tibetan people living in other countries and regions into the local mainstream society.

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