While it is the position of the United States Government that Tibet is a part of the People’s Republic of China, Administrations of both parties have urged the Chinese leadership to engage in dialogue with the Dalai Lama in order to resolve the grievances of the Tibetan people. The State Department singles out rights abuses in Tibet in special sections in its annual reports on human rights and religious freedom.
The State Department’s policy on Tibet is coordinated by the a Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, as mandated by Congress. In addition, the United States has provided political and programmatic support to the Tibetan people, including humanitarian assistance to Tibetan refugees living in exile, economic development inside Tibet, cultural and educational exchange programs, and independent Tibetan language broadcasts into Tibet.
Legislation in Congress ›
Pieces of legislation addressing Tibet that have been considered by the United States Congress.
Obama Administration: Key Personnel ›
Key appointments in the Obama Administration who make US policy on Tibet.
U.S. Presidential Statements on Meetings with the Dalai Lama, 1991-2011 ›
Official statements released by the White House.
Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues ›
The appointment of the Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues is mandated by the Tibetan Policy Act.
Obama Administration Statements on Tibet ›
A summary of Obama Administration statements on Tibet spanning both his terms in office.
Tibet Funding ›
Annual Congressional funding of Tibet programs.
State Department Annual Reports on Tibet ›
Reports on the dialogue, human rights practices, and international religious freedom.