How will the next US President approach the Tibet issue?

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Questionnaire for the Candidates by the International Campaign for Tibet

As a service to our members, the Tibetan-American community and American Tibet supporters, we are asking the candidates in the 2016 US presidential race to describe their positions on Tibet, the Dalai Lama, human rights, and relations with China.

As a non-partisan, non-profit organization, ICT does not endorse candidates for political office or take part in campaigns. However, the candidates’ responses will help inform our members and others on where the candidates stand on this issue of great concern to them.

We will be making the responses available to the general public through our website ( beginning on January 25, 2016.

The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) is dedicated to promoting human rights and democratic freedoms for the Tibetan people.

The questionnaire, which was sent to the U.S. Presidential candidates in December 2015, is given below.

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Read what the major parties have included regarding China and Tibet in their platforms:

*ICT is a non-partisan, non-profit organization, and does not endorse candidates for political office or take part in campaigns. Through our questionnaire, however, we can inform Tibet supporters and the broader public where candidates stand on issues that are important to them.

International Campaign for Tibet U.S. Presidential Election 2016 Candidate Questionnaire
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If elected, will you commit to:

  • Pressing the People’s Republic of China to end religious and cultural persecution and all interference in the religious affairs of the Tibetan people;
  • Calling for the immediate release of all Tibetans being unjustly imprisoned for peacefully expressing their political or religious views;
  • Demanding reciprocal access to Tibet for U.S. officials, journalists, and private citizens just as we do the same for Chinese citizens across the United States; and,
  • Taking concrete steps to encourage the People’s Republic of China to resume dialogue with representatives of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, leading to a peaceful solution for the Tibet issue.

Democrats will push back against North Korean aggression and press China to play by the rules. We will stand up to Beijing on unfair trade practices, currency manipulation, censorship of the internet, piracy, and cyberattacks. And we will look for areas of cooperation, including on combatting climate change and nuclear proliferation. We will promote greater respect for human rights, including the rights of Tibetans. We are committed to a “One China” policy and the Taiwan Relations Act and will continue to support a peaceful resolution of Cross-Strait issues that is consistent with the wishes and best interests of the people of Taiwan.

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China’s behavior has negated the optimistic language of our last platform concerning our future relations with China. The liberalizing policies of recent decades have been abruptly reversed, dissent brutally crushed, religious persecution heightened, the internet crippled, a barbaric population control two-child policy of forced abortions and forced sterilizations continued, and the cult of Mao revived.

Critics of the regime have been kidnapped by its agents in foreign countries. To distract the populace from its increasing economic problems and, more importantly, to expand its military might, the government asserts a preposterous claim to the entire South China Sea and continues to dredge ports and create landing fields in contested waters where none have existed before, ever nearer to U.S. territories and our allies, while building a navy far out of proportion to defensive purposes. The complacency of the Obama regime has emboldened the Chinese government and military to issue threats of intimidation throughout the South China Sea, not to mention parading their new missile, “the Guam Killer,” down the main streets of Beijing, a direct shot at Guam as America’s first line of defense. Meanwhile, cultural genocide continues in Tibet and Xinjiang, the promised autonomy of Hong Kong is eroded, the currency is manipulated, our technology is stolen, and intellectual property and copyrights are mocked in an economy based on piracy. In business terms, this is not competition; it is a hostile takeover. For any American company to abet those offenses, especially governmental censorship and tracking of dissenters, is a disgrace.

The return to Maoism by China’s current rulers is not reason to disengage with the Chinese people or their institutions. We welcome students, tourists, and investors, who can see for themselves our vibrant American democracy and how real democracy works. We caution, however, against academic or cultural operations under the control of the Chinese government and call upon American colleges to dissociate themselves from this increasing threat to academic freedom and honest research.

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