US State Department Appoints Special Coordinator for Tibet

China News Service, Washington, February 21 (Reporter Zhang Weiran) The US State Department announced on the 21st that Secretary of State Kerry has appointed Deputy Secretary of State for Security, Democracy and Human Rights, Sarah Sewall, to coordinate specifically on Tibet. member.

In spite of China’s strong opposition, US President Barack Obama met with Dalai on the 21st local time. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Qin Gang said that the US allowed Dalai to visit the United States and arrange for leaders to meet with him, seriously interfering in China’s internal affairs, and seriously violating the US government’s own commitment to recognize Tibet as part of China and not to support Tibet’s independence. The serious violation of the basic norms of international relations has seriously damaged Sino-US relations. The Chinese side expressed strong indignation and resolute opposition.

A few hours after the meeting, the State Council announced the appointment of a special coordinator for Tibet. The statement said that within the framework of bilateral relations between the United States and China, India and Nepal, the Special Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the US government’s policies, plans and projects on the Tibet issue.

The statement said that the Special Coordinator will work to promote a substantive dialogue between the Chinese government and the Dalai Lama or its representatives, and will work with the US Congress and safeguard the unique cultural, religious and linguistic heritage of Tibet and protect the fragile environment of Tibet. Interested civil society groups maintain close contact.

According to the statement, Sewell was previously a senior lecturer at Harvard University’s Kennedy School. On February 20, 2014, he was sworn in as the Deputy Secretary of State for Civil Security, Democracy and Human Rights. Her predecessor also served as her Special Coordinator for Tibet.

According to Chinese state media reports, in 1997, the US State Department began to set up a special coordinator for Tibet. (End)

Responsible Editor: Zhao Yanlong

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