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US authorizes sanctions for Dalai Lama meddling in China

US authorizes sanctions for Dalai Lama meddling in China

President Donald Trump signed a law authorizing US sanctions on Chinese officials if they interfere with the selection of the next Dalai Lama by Tibetan Buddhists.

Congress overwhelmingly passed the Tibetan Policy and Support Act amid growing concern that Beijing will seek to elect a successor to the 85-year-old spiritual leader, in hopes that the movement for greater freedoms in the governed Himalayan region for China disappear without your charismatic figurehead. .

Beijing said in January that the law "seriously interferes in China's internal affairs" after the House of Representatives passed it 392-22.

Con el reloj corriendo al final de su sesión, el Senado incorporó la ley como parte de un importante proyecto de ley de gastos que incluye el alivio del coronavirus.

Trump firmó a regañadientes el paquete el domingo por la noche después de criticar los pagos a los hogares estadounidenses como demasiado bajos.

La ley del Tíbet, introducida tanto por demócratas como por republicanos, establece que la política de Estados Unidos es que la selección, educación y veneración del Dalai Lama y otros monjes respetados son "asuntos exclusivamente espirituales que deben realizar las autoridades religiosas apropiadas dentro de la comunidad budista tibetana. tradicion. "

The United States will impose sanctions on officials "who directly interfere with the identification and installation of the future 15th Dalai Lama of Tibetan Buddhism," the new law says.

The law also prohibits the United States from opening new consulates in China until it is allowed one in the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, and authorizes funding to groups that promote cultural preservation, education and environmental sustainability in the Himalayan region.

The International Campaign for Tibet, an advocacy group close to the Dalai Lama, praised the passage of the law as "a marker on the world stage that declares that the international community will not accept China's interference in the Dalai Lama's succession and will will oppose China. " human rights abuses in Tibet as long as they continue. "

The 14th Dalai Lama, who has slowed down his previously frenzied travel schedule but is not known to have serious health problems, is well aware that China may try to name a docile successor.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner has reflected on breaking tradition by naming his own successor, possibly a girl, while he is still alive or declaring that the institution has ended with his death.

In 1995, the officially atheist Beijing selected his own son as the Panchen Lama, another influential Tibetan position, and detained a six-year-old boy recognized by the Dalai Lama, whom human rights groups described as the youngest political prisoner. of the world.

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