U.S. policy toward Tibet needs to be updated in light of new challenges posed by Chinese Communist Party actions against Tibetans. Updating and strengthening U.S. policies to support the Tibetan people is necessary to ensure that the U.S. stands up for human rights, religious freedoms, and cultural preservation in Tibet. As a protector of human rights around the world and defender of religious freedom, it’s only right that the U.S. support these principles in Tibet.
Given the fragile state of trade talks between the U.S. and China, now isn’t the time for the U.S. to aggravate China — which strongly believe that Tibet is a rightful part of its territoritory — by passing legislation that supports Tibetan interests over Chinese interests. Regardless of what the U.S. thinks about China’s Tibet policy, China’s position in the region is a domestic, not international issue. Therefore, it would be inappropriate for the U.S. to weigh in on this domestic Chinese policy issue.