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  • CHINA/TIBET CONFLICT
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  • SYRIAN CIVIL WAR
Winning Issue » CHINA/TIBET CONFLICT


Tibet has been a neighbor of China for 700 years. During most of that time it has acted as a de facto state, maintaining a separate culture and identity. These two countries peacefully coexisted for 650 years until Mao's army annexed and occupied Tibet in 1951. During the next 25 years, more than 1.2 million Tibetans were killed during the reforms of China's Cultural Revolution. The Dali Lama and the Tibetan government are currently in exile in India. Tibetans say the Chinese government has committed cultural genocide while attempting to assimilate Tibet under its “One China” policy. Several years ago, China constructed a railway system linking the rest of China with the frozen Tibetan plateau. Critics say this was done to strengthen its political control over Tibet and to marginalize native Tibetans by encouraging further Han migration from the rest of China. China claims to have brought better living conditions and freedom of religious choice to an impoverished population. Since 2009, more than 116 Tibetans have chosen self-immolation as a way to protest against, and draw attention to, the abuses of Chinese rule. Beijing has taken a tough stance on Tibetan self-immolators and their associates, imprisoning two Tibetans convicted of murder for "inciting" people to set themselves on fire. The Dalai Lama, who fled to India in 1959 after a failed uprising, has long denied China's assertion that he's seeking Tibetan independence. He says Tibet wants only enough autonomy to protect its traditional Buddhist culture.


Pending Legislation:
H.R.1112 - Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act of 2015




Options


  • I oppose reforming current China/Tibet policy and wish to defeat H.R.1112 - Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support directing the Secretary of State to submit an annual, publicly-available report to Congress containing: (1) an assessment of the level of access Chinese authorities granted U.S. diplomats, journalists, and tourists to Tibetan areas in China; and (2) a list of the persons in senior leadership positions at the national and regional levels as defined by this Act; making certain listed persons ineligible for U.S entry under specified circumstances; expressing the sense of Congress that: (1) reciprocity forms the basis of diplomatic law and the practice of mutual exchanges between countries; (2) consular access should be given on a reciprocal basis; and (3) the Secretary, when granting Chinese diplomats access to parts of the United States, should take into account the extent to which China grants U.S. diplomats access to parts of China, including the level of access to Tibetan areas, and wish to pass H.R.1112 - Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Robert Goodlatte (VA) and/or Rep. James McGovern (MA), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option
  • I support directing the Secretary of State to submit an annual, publicly-available report to Congress containing: (1) an assessment of the level of access Chinese authorities granted U.S. diplomats, journalists, and tourists to Tibetan areas in China; and (2) a list of the persons in senior leadership positions at the national and regional levels as defined by this Act; making certain listed persons ineligible for U.S entry under specified circumstances; expressing the sense of Congress that: (1) reciprocity forms the basis of diplomatic law and the practice of mutual exchanges between countries; (2) consular access should be given on a reciprocal basis; and (3) the Secretary, when granting Chinese diplomats access to parts of the United States, should take into account the extent to which China grants U.S. diplomats access to parts of China, including the level of access to Tibetan areas, and wish to pass H.R.1112 - Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Robert Goodlatte (VA) and/or Rep. James McGovern (MA), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Rep. Robert Goodlatte (VA) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting him to favorably consider passing H.R.1112 - Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act of 2015. If more than $1,000 has been pledged, the campaign committee of sponsor Rep. James McGovern (MA) will be unconditionally awarded 10% of these funds.

Legislation: H.R.1112 - Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act of 2015
Sponsor: Rep. James McGovern, MA
Status (2):
House Judiciary Committee
Chairman: Rep. Robert Goodlatte, VA
House Foreign Affairs Committee
Chairman: Rep. Ed Royce, CA


If elected as a trustee, ICT will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to expand its efforts to promote human rights and democratic freedoms for the people of Tibet.

The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) works to promote human rights and democratic freedoms for the people of Tibet. ICT monitors and reports on human rights, environmental and socio-economic conditions in Tibet and advocates for Tibetans imprisoned for their political or religious beliefs. It works with governments to develop policies and programs to help Tibetans and secures humanitarian and development assistance for Tibetans. ITC also works with Chinese institutions and individuals to build understanding and trust, explores relationships between Tibetans and Chinese and mobilizes individuals and the international community to take action on behalf of Tibetans. The International Campaign for Tibet promotes self-determination for the Tibetan people through negotiations between the Chinese government and the Dalai Lama. Founded in 1988, ICT, a 501(c)(3) organization, maintains offices in Washington, DC, Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, and London with a field office in Dharamsala, India.
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Trustee Election - Opening Date
February 27, 2020
Trustee Election - Closing Date
March 4, 2020