President of Self-Declared Tibetan Government Makes ‘Historic’ First White House Visit in 6 Decades

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Amid the ongoing US-China trade war and the relentless opposition from the Trump administration toward the Communist Party of China, the White House has accused Beijing of infringing on the rights of self-administrating and autonomous regions within China.

The president of Tibet’s self-declared government in exile made history on Friday with a visit to the White House, the first leader of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) to do so in six decades.

According to a CTA press release, President Lobsang Sangay visited the White House on the invitation of the US State Department to meet with the newly-appointed US Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, Robert Destro. 

​According to Reuters, the visit could lead to heightened tensions between Washington and Beijing, the latter has ruled Tibet since 1950 after the Chinese People’s Liberation Army toppled what Beijing described at the time as a feudal theocratic system.

Deposed spiritual leader of the nation, the Dalai Lama, who has lived in India as an exile since his departure from Tibet in 1959, has accused the Chinese of culturally cleansing the region.

This comes as the Trump administration steps up its support for separatist movements within and outside of mainland China, alongside a global trade conflict to check growing Chinese economic power.

Following Destro’s appointment to oversee US-Tibetan relations, China criticised the Trump administration for what Beijing claims is an attempt…

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