May 23, 2019
Amb. Terry Branstad’s visit to Tibet this week is another sign of the support of the United States for the Tibetan people, who continue to live under the oppressive rule of the Chinese government. It also shows that Congressional and State Department actions do have an impact.
As the State Department’s recent report on access to Tibet exposed, Chinese officials twice cancelled the ambassador’s visit in 2018 without providing any reason or suggesting alternate dates. But at the end of last year, the Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act was signed into law, and despite China’s response to the legislation, it has now allowed Mr. Branstad to enter Tibet for the first visit there by a US ambassador since 2015.