American President Donald Trump has passed the Reciprocal Access to Tibet bill, now making it an act. The law is supposed to ensure that American nationals are given the same amount access to China occupied Tibet, as the Chinese enjoy within American territories. The Communist regime of China very rarely allows foreign nationals inside Tibetan territory. And even those who are granted an entry, are kept under strict surveillance.
The law requires the Secretary of State to assess Americans’ level of access to Tibet within 90 days and report to Congress identifying the Chinese officials responsible for keeping Americans out of Tibet. The Secretary will then ban those officials from receiving visas to enter the US.
The law is significant because China takes advantage of open societies like the US to spread its propaganda. Over the past decade, nearly three times as many Chinese delegations visited Western countries compared to the number of Western delegations allowed into Tibet.
“For too long, China has covered up their human rights violations in Tibet by restricting travel. But actions have consequences, and today, we are one step closer to holding the Chinese officials who implement these restrictions accountable,” said Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), who originally introduced the bill.
Welcoming the new law, Matteo Mecacci, president of the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) has said, “This is truly a turning point for Americans, Tibetans and all who care about equality, justice and human rights.”
With this new law, China is now expected to remain under immense pressure from international community to allow foreign nationals inside Tibet. International Tibetan communities have been demanding such a law from a long time.