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Congressional Report: US Urges China To Hold Substantive Dialogue on Tibet

October 20, 2010

Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
October 18, 2010

Dharamshala -- The US government urges the
Chinese government to hold substantive dialogue
with His Holiness the Dalai Lama or his
representatives on protecting Tibetan culture,
language, religion, and heritage in Tibet, the US
Congressional-Executive Commission on China said
in its 2010 annual report which was released on 16 October.

(Read full report) http://www.cecc.gov/pages/annualRpt/annualRpt10/index.php

"A Chinese government decision to engage in such
dialogue can result in a durable and mutually
beneficial outcome for Chinese and Tibetans, and
improve the outlook for local and regional
security in coming decades," the commission said.

The commission "conveys to the Chinese government
the urgent importance of refraining from using
legal measures to infringe upon and repress
Tibetan Buddhists' right to the freedom of
religion."  It denounced "aggressive campaigns of
"patriotic education" that compel Tibetans to
endorse state antagonism toward the Dalai Lama;
preventing Tibetan Buddhists from identifying and
educating religious teachers in a manner
consistent with Tibetan preferences and
traditions; and enacting laws and issuing
regulations that remold Tibetan Buddhism to suit the state.”

The commission expresses its disapproval of the
development plans outlined in the Fifth Forum on
Tibet, such as building major infrastructure
projects, increasing natural resource
exploitation, and compulsory settlement of
nomadic herders and resettlement of farmers.
"Government and Party economic development
development objectives for 2010 -- 2020
principally focus on accelerating and
strengthening a development model
that  subordinates respecting and protecting
Tibetan culture to Party and government priorities," the report said.

It "encourages the Chinese government to maximize
benefits to Tibetans resulting from the Fifth
Tibet Work Forum by fully taking into account the
views and preferences of Tibetans when planning
infrastructure and natural resource development
projects in Tibet." The Chinese government was
also "encouraged to engage appropriate experts in
assessing the impact of infrastructure and
natural resource development projects, and in
advising the government on the implementation,
progress, and impact of such projects."

The report highlights the "significance of
including participation of US NGOs in the
development projects to assist Tibetans to
protect and develop their culture and language,
and to improve education, economic, health and
environmental conservation, without encouraging
an influx of non-Tibetans into the Tibetan areas."

  It appeals to the Chinese government to follow
up on its statement that the Panchen Lama Gedun
Choekyi Nyima is living in Tibet as an "ordinary
citizen" along with his family. "We urge the
(Chinese) government to invite a representative
of an international organisation to meet with
Gendun Choekyi Nyima so that he can express his
wishes with respect to privacy, photograph the
international representative and Gedun Choekyi
Nyima together, and publish Gedun Choekyi Nyima's
statement and the photograph."

It calls on the Chinese government to refrain
from using the security establishment, courts and
law in repressing Tibetans' rights to freedom of
speech, religion, association, and assembly as
enshrined in China's Constitution.

The commission calls on the US administration to
raise in meetings and correspondence with Chinese
officials the cases of Tibetans who are
imprisoned as punishment for the peaceful exercise of human rights.

The report documents the policies of Chinese
government and Communist Party to diminish His
Holiness the Dalai Lama's international influence
and isolate him from Tibetans living in Tibet.
"The results of such government policies could
include further increases of human rights abuses
of Tibetans concurrent with a decrease in the
ability of the international community to detect,
document, and respond to such abuses," it said.

Senator Byron Dorgan, Chairman and Representative
Sander Levin, Cochairman of the Commission, said:
"We are deeply concerned, as the findings of this
annual report make clear, that human rights
conditions in China over the last year have deteriorated."

The report documents new trends in political
imprisonment over the last year in China,
including an increasingly harsh crackdown on
lawyers and those who have a track record of
human rights advocacy, particularly those who
make use of the Internet or who are from parts of
the country the government deems to be
politically sensitive, such as Tibetan areas and Xinjiang.

The Congressional-Executive Commission on China,
established by the US-China Relations Act of 2000
as China prepared to enter the World Trade
Organisation (WTO), is mandated by law to monitor
human rights, including worker rights, and the
development of the rule of law in China.
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