Tibet has been a neighbor of China for at least 700 years. During most of that time it has acted as a de facto state, maintaining a separate culture and identity. These two countries peacefully coexisted for 650 years until Mao’s army annexed and occupied Tibet in 1951. During the next 25 years, more than 1.2 million Tibetans were killed during the reforms of China’s Cultural Revolution. The Dali Lama and the Tibetan government are currently in exile in India. Tibetans say the Chinese government has committed cultural genocide while attempting to assimilate Tibet under its â€˜One Chinaâ€™ policy. Several years ago, China completed a railway system linking the rest of China with the frozen Tibetan plateau. Critics say this was done to strengthen its political control over Tibet and to marginalize native Tibetans by encouraging further Han migration from the rest of China. China claims to have brought better living conditions and freedom of religious choice to an impoverished population. Since 2009, more than 116 Tibetans have chosen self-immolation as a way to protest against, and draw attention to, the abuses of Chinese rule. Beijing has taken a tough stance on Tibetan self-immolators and their associates, recently imprisoning two Tibetans convicted of murder for “inciting” people to set themselves on fire. The Dalai Lama, who fled to India in 1959 after a failed uprising, has long denied China’s assertion that he’s seeking Tibetan independence. He says Tibet wants only enough autonomy to protect its traditional Buddhist culture.
H.R.2080 – Tibetan Refugee Assistance Act of 2013
I oppose reforming current China/Tibet policy and wish to defeat H.R.2080
I support making 3,000 immigrant visas available in 2014-2016 for individuals who were born in Tibet and have been continuously residing in India or Nepal prior to the date of the enactment of this Act, and wish to pass H.R.2080
I support efforts, including identifying a legislator who will sponsor a bill, to aid Tibet in its struggle for autonomy