US President Donald Trump has signed the legislation that confers the right to Tibetans to pick a successor to the Dalai Lama. This is described as a “powerful message of hope and justice” to Tibetans living in Tibet by the Tibetan government-in-exile.
As the United States Congress passed the Tibet Policy and Support Act last week, it resulted in a lot of protest within China and its ministry calling the legislation as an attempt to interfere in China’s affairs.
China under President Xi Jinping considers the exiled Dalai Lama as a dangerous “splittist”, or separatist. The Chinese government further claims that Beijing’s approval is mandatory for choosing the successor to Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.
“We urge the U.S. side to stop meddling in China’s internal affairs and refrain from signing into law these negative clauses and acts, lest it further harms our further cooperation and bilateral relations,” Foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said last week moments after the legislation was approved by the US Congress.
The Chinese have strongly condemned this act by the American government as soon as news of the new law emerged on Monday. Within no time the Chinese foreign ministry said Beijing had firmly rejected the US legislation and “Tibet-related issues are domestic affairs”.
The legislation, which urged for the setting up of a US consulate in Tibet’s main city of Lhasa, also asserts the Tibetans have every right to choose a successor to the 14th Dalai Lama and the preservation of Tibet’s environment.