Shanghai : The head of the exile Tibetan government visited the U.S. White House for the first time in 60 years, a step that could further infuriate China, accusing China of trying to destabilize the region.
Robsang Sangay, president of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), was invited to the White House on Friday to meet the newly appointed special coordinator for Tibetan affairs, Robert Destro, the CTA said in a press release.
The CTA, based in Dharamshala, India, said, “This unprecedented meeting will probably create an atmosphere of optimism about CTA participation with US officials and will become more formal in the next few years.”
Tibet has become one of the disputed regions of the United States and China, and the relationship between the two largest economies in the world has remained at its lowest level in decades.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompei Oh accused China of violating Tibetans’ human rights in July, and said Washington supports “meaning autonomy” in the region.
The Chinese government later accused the United States of using Tibet to promote “partitionism” in China. China also rejected a relationship with Destro.
China seized Tibet as a’peaceful liberation’ in 1950, which helped to abandon its’unconscientious past’, but critics led by the exiled spiritual leader Dalai Lama say that Chinese rule falls under’cultural slaughter’.
Chinese President Xi Jinping said in August that China should build a “impregnable fortress” in Tibet to protect national unity.