Opposing Beijing’s plan to toughen its grip over Tibet, Democratic presidential candidate and former vice president Joe Biden has said that if he wins elections, his administration will hold Chinese officials accountable for human rights abuses in Tibet.
“My administration will sanction Chinese officials responsible for human rights abuses in Tibet, and step up support for the Tibetan people, including by expanding Tibetan language services at Radio Free Asia and Voice of America to get information from the outside world into Tibet,” Biden announced.
Biden has promised that as president he will meet Dalai Lama and appoint a new Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues. He has vowed to insist that the Chinese government restores access to Tibet for US citizens, including diplomats and journalists.
“Where (President Donald) Trump has turned a blind eye, a Biden-Harris administration will stand up for the people of Tibet,” Biden said. In his statement, Biden claimed that Trump has been weak on his China policy.
“Once again, the silence from President Trump has been deafening, as he focuses instead on his empty trade deal with Beijing and protecting his ‘very good friendship’ with Chinese President Xi Jinping. It’s disgraceful, though not surprising, that Trump is the first American president in three decades who has not met or spoken with His Holiness the Dalai Lama,” he commented.
“Trump hasn’t even fulfilled the statutory requirement to appoint a Special Coordinator to lead America’s efforts on this vital issue. It’s no wonder China’s leaders believe they have a free hand to deepen repression in Tibet, just as they have in Hong Kong and Xinjiang,” Biden said.