Dharamshala: Wendy R Sherman, the United States Deputy Secretary of State, has raised concerns about China’s violation of human rights in Tibet, East Turkestan, and Hong Kong during her visit to China on 25-26 July, according to a press release issued by the US Government Spokesperson Ned Price.
The concerns were raised during meetings with China’s State Councillor and Foreign minister Wang Yi and other senior officials of the Chinese government.
The official press released noted:
“The Deputy Secretary raised concerns in private – as we have in public – about a range of PRC actions that run counter to our values and interests and those of our allies and partners, and that undermine the international rules-based order. In particular, she raised our concerns about human rights, including Beijing’s anti-democratic crackdown in Hong Kong; the ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang; abuses in Tibet; and the curtailing of media access and freedom of the press. She also spoke about our concerns about Beijing’s conduct in cyberspace; across the Taiwan Strait; and in the East and South China Seas.” Click here for the official US government press release.
The US Deputy Secretary of State has also expressed her condolences at the devastation and loss of lives caused by floods in China’s Henan Province.
In response to the US Deputy Secretary of State’s expression of concern, Sikyong Penpa Tsering of the Central Tibetan Administration tweeted:
“I am encouraged that concerns about ongoing abuses in Tibet were raised by US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman with Chinese foreign minister. I hope the Chinese leadership heeds the call and puts an end to 60 long years of repression and suffering of Tibetans in Tibet.”
I am encouraged that concerns about ongoing abuses in Tibet were raised by US Deputy Secretary of State @DeputySecState with Chinese foreign minister. I hope the Chinese leadership heeds the call and puts an end to 60 long years of repression and suffering of Tibetans in Tibet. https://t.co/8fS2oPlZMm
— Sikyong Penpa Tsering (@SikyongPTsering) July 27, 2021