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APPLAUD PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR TIBET BILL

Now, at the fag end of his Presidency, Trump has passed the Tibetan Policy and Support Act (TPSA), which is landmark legislation in the USA, that calls for the opening of US consulate in Lhasa and also underlines the US backing for the Holiness the Dalai Lama to determine his successor. The Act clearly said that such decisions “should be made by the appropriate religious authorities within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition”.

Weakening of China’s muscle power is absolutely necessary to curtail China’s territorial expansionist greed and to protect neighboring countries from China’s economic, political, and military aggression.

Weakening China’s muscle power effectively and adequately is a precondition for the liberation of Tibet from China’s occupation, which was done by China by aggression and massacring thousands of Tibetan protesters.

In today’s geopolitical condition, only the USA has the strength and power to checkmate China and show it’s place. More than any other past President of the USA, President Trump has understood the urgent need to confront China and he took various measures including launching a trade war. Certainly, China has not yet given up its aggressive stance but certainly, China has been made to realize that its aggressive ambitions would not remain unchallenged.

President Trump has stood by the cause of Tibet in his four years of administration, though it has largely been sort of indirect support to Tibet by trying to weaken China in various ways. One can understand the approach of President Trump with regard to the Tibet issue, If his stance would be compared with that of the former President Obama, who received the respected His Holiness the Dalai Lama through the back door of the White House so that China would not be displeased.

Now, at the fag end of his Presidency, Trump has passed the Tibetan Policy and Support Act (TPSA), which is landmark legislation in the USA, that calls for the opening of US consulate in Lhasa and also underlines the US backing for the Holiness the Dalai Lama to determine his successor. The Act clearly said that such decisions “should be made by the appropriate religious authorities within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition”.

As expected, China has opposed the enactment of the Act in the USA, since it exposes China’s aggression in Tibet and continued suppression of the rights and freedom of Tibetans living in Tibet. China cannot afford to let the outside world enter Tibet, as it would expose China’s unethical and oppressive regime in Tibet.

With characteristic arrogance, China has said that it would anoint its own successor to the Dalai Lama, just as it did by naming its own 11th Panchen Lama in 1995.

Certainly, Tibet is not an internal issue of China, as it is an aggressively occupied territory of China and it is holding Tibet unethically and against the wishes of the Tibetans. Undoubtedly, China is an aggressor in Tibet and it would be deemed as the aggressor in the eyes of the world, until such time that Tibet would be freed from China, whatever the number of years it may take.

Artificially, anointing Panchen Lama and now trying to appoint the next Dalai Lama would not get the approval of Tibetans and Buddhists all over the world, though China with it’s brute force would ignore the world opinion and continue to conduct itself in Tibet with an aggressive posture as if the world opinion does not matter.

Now, the question is whether the next US president Joe Biden would follow the Tibet policy of President Trump or adopt a posture similar to what President Obama did earlier.

To ensure that the Tibet policy of the USA would not be diluted in the future, President Trump has passed the TPSA before laying down the office. For this understanding and proactive approach, Tibetans and those supporting the cause of Tibet all over the world should applaud the move of President Trump.

One should be fair to incoming President Biden and need not think that Biden would dilute the Tibet Bill now passed.

In any case, it is necessary that the Tibetans and sympathizers of the Tibetan cause all over the world should submit an appeal to Joe Biden to continue the support of the US government for the cause of Tibet and take the policy to the logical end so that the free Tibet would become a reality, that would satisfy the conscience of the world.

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