Ladakh standoff: China in trouble as USA delivers another diplomatic blow

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Washington: China is finding it expensive to take an aggressive stance against its neighbors after spreading the coronavirus pandemic throughout the world.

President Donald Trump of the USA has dealt another diplomatic blow to China. The decision comes after the Chinese authorities said they were restricting foreigners’ access to Tibet.

While fighting Beijing’s policies in Hong Kong, human rights in Xinjiang province, global trade policies and military aggression in the South China Sea, the Trump administration has given a major blow to Chinese authorities with visa restrictions. Now the visit of Chinese authorities to the United States will be limited or completely terminated.

The sanctions have been announced by US Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo in a statement. In his statement, Pompeo accused China of systematically obstructing the visits of foreign diplomats, journalists and tourists to Chinese ocuupied Tibet. Pompeo pointed out that the Chinese, on the other hand, have easy access to the United States.

No one was named in the statement, nor was the number of people affected by the decision mentioned. But the statement asserted that the ban will apply to the Chinese government and Communist Party officials.

“Entry into Tibetan areas is very important for regional stability, as there is a violation of PRC human rights. At the same time, Beijing’s failure to prevent environmental degradation near the headwaters of Asia’s major rivers has also been revealed,” Pompeo said.

The US administration has sought to reduce the ban on foreign travel from China to Tibet. Human rights activists say Beijing has been running a decade-long campaign here to suppress local culture, Buddhism and minorities. Permission to travel to this region is very rarely given and people visiting here have to follow strict rules.

China occupied Tibet in 1959. Although the Tibetans opposed China, the Chinese crushed the rebellion on the strength of their army. After this the spiritual leader Dalai Lama and more than 80,000 Tibetans had to move to India and other countries.

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