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Winning Issue » CHINA/TIBET


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, along with some 10,000 Tibetans. 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. Since 2010, more than 160 Tibetans have chosen self-immolation as a way to protest against, and draw attention to, the abuses of Chinese rule. The Dalai Lama 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.533 - Promoting a Resolution to the Tibet-China Conflict Act
Sponsor: Rep. James McGovern (MA)
Status: House Committee on Foreign Affairs
Chair: Rep. Michael McCaul (TX)



Options


  • I oppose reforming current China/Tibet policy and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Speaker Kevin McCarthy (CA).
  • I support declaring that it is the policy of the United States that the Tibetan people are a people entitled to the right of self-determination under international law and that their ability to exercise this right is precluded by the current policies of the People’s Republic of China; and that the conflict between Tibet and the People’s Republic of China is unresolved and the legal status of Tibet remains to be determined in accordance with international law. Furthermore, it is the sense of Congress that:

    (1) Claims made by officials of the Chinese Communist Party that Tibet has been a part of China since ancient times are historically false.

    (2) China has failed to meet the expectations of the United States to engage in meaningful dialogue with the Dalai Lama or his representatives toward a peaceful settlement of the unresolved conflict between Tibet and the People’s Republic of China.

    (3) United States public diplomacy efforts should counter disinformation about Tibet from the Government of the Chinese Communist Party, including disinformation about the history of Tibet, the Tibetan people, and Tibetan institutions including that of the Dalai Lama.

    And wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Michael McCaul (TX) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.


Winning Option
  • I support declaring that it is the policy of the United States that the Tibetan people are a people entitled to the right of self-determination under international law and that their ability to exercise this right is precluded by the current policies of the People’s Republic of China; and that the conflict between Tibet and the People’s Republic of China is unresolved and the legal status of Tibet remains to be determined in accordance with international law. Furthermore, it is the sense of Congress that:

    (1) Claims made by officials of the Chinese Communist Party that Tibet has been a part of China since ancient times are historically false.

    (2) China has failed to meet the expectations of the United States to engage in meaningful dialogue with the Dalai Lama or his representatives toward a peaceful settlement of the unresolved conflict between Tibet and the People’s Republic of China.

    (3) United States public diplomacy efforts should counter disinformation about Tibet from the Government of the Chinese Communist Party, including disinformation about the history of Tibet, the Tibetan people, and Tibetan institutions including that of the Dalai Lama.

    And wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Michael McCaul (TX) and/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. Michael McCaul (TX) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting him to favorably consider passing H.R.533 - Promoting a Resolution to the Tibet-China Conflict Act.

If elected as a trustee, International Campaign for Tibet 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.

Mission: Inspired by the vision of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the International Campaign for Tibet promotes human rights, democratic freedoms and self-determination for the Tibetan people. As the largest Tibet support group in the world, the International Campaign for Tibet is defined by acts of skillful compassion.
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Trustee Election - Opening Date
May 22, 2023
Trustee Election - Closing Date
May 29, 2023