October 18, 2010
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Congressional Report: US Urges China To Hold Substantive Dialogue On Tibet[Monday, 18 October 2010, 11:50 a.m.]


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)“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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