A key US congressional committee anonymously passed a crucial bill under which Chinese officials responsible for discriminating against Americans who try to enter Tibet would be banned from entering the country.
The bill title ‘The Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act’, seeking unhindered access to Tibetan areas to US officials, journalists and common citizens, something which is routinely denied by the Chinese government, now moves to the House of Representatives.
The legislation seeks to ensure that Americans are given the same access to Tibet as Chinese citizens have to the US. It was passed by the House Judiciary Committee last week.
Congressman Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary committee said, “Moving this bill is the right thing to do. It is time that Congress take a stand with regard to access by foreign nationals to the Tibetan regions.”
A Indian-American Congressman Pramila Jayapal said that if Chinese officials, journalists and other citizens are able to travel freely in this country, it is only fair that their American counterparts are able to do the same.
Another Congressman Jerrold Nadler said, “The bill is important because it can help expose human rights violations taking place in Tibet.” The bill, which was introduced by Congressmen Jim Mcgovern and Randy Hultgren, now has more than 50 cosponsors in the House.
A companion bill was also introduced in the Senate by Senators Marco Rubio and Tammy Baldwin and has now eight co-sponsors. In his remark Congressmen Steve Chablot warned that China is seeking to undermine the rules-based international order virtually every day.
Also china tries to keep the rest of the world out of Tibet, the Chinese government is sending a growing number of state delegations to western countries and creating new state controlled media outlets in capitals around the globe, including Washington DC, he said.