Relations between China and the United States have been growing for quite some time. Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump has signed a law that gives Tibetans the right to choose the next heir of their religious leader, the Dalai Lama, ignoring warnings from China.
The Tibetan Policy and Support Act 2020 has amended various programs and provisions related to Tibet. Trump approved the bill on Sunday under a $ 2300 billion package to provide relief and funding to the federal government to combat the corona virus.
Despite China’s opposition, the US Senate passed it unanimously last week, underlining the right of Tibetans to choose a successor to their spiritual leader, and expanding the role of a special diplomat on issues of Tibet.
Under the bill, the US special diplomat on Tibet-related matters is empowered to form an international alliance to ensure that the next Dalai Lama is chosen only by the Tibetan Buddhist community.
It proposes assistance to non-governmental organizations in support of the Tibetan community in Tibet. There is a ban on new Chinese consulates in the United States until the American Consulate is established in Lhasa, Tibet.
China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said after the passage of the bill last week, “We urge the US not to interfere in China’s internal affairs and refrain from signing these negative laws.” Lest it harm bilateral relations in future. At the same time, China’s Foreign Ministry said that Beijing does not accept this law of America and the issues related to Tibet are our domestic affairs.