The United States announced Tuesday restrictions on visas from members of the Chinese government and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to “hinder” the entry of US diplomats, officials, journalists, and tourists to Tibet.
As US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement, the restrictions are particularly aimed at members of the Chinese government and CCP officials who are “significantly involved in formulating or implementing access policies” from foreigners to Tibetan areas. “
Pompeo, who specified that the measure announced on Tuesday is in line with the 20028 Mutual Access Law, has justified that “Beijing has continued to systematically hamper travel to the Tibet Autonomous Region and other Tibetan areas (.. .) while Chinese officials and other citizens have much better access to the United States. “
“Access to Tibetan areas is becoming increasingly important to regional stability given the human rights violations by the Chinese government and Beijing’s failure to prevent environmental damage near the source of the major rivers in Asia,” added.