Mcleodganj: The US ambassador to China urged Beijing to engage in substantive dialogue withThe Dalai Lama or his representatives without preconditions to seek a settlement that resolves differences, the US embassy reportedly said last weekend. US Ambassador to China Terry Branstad was hosted by Beijing for a rare weeklong visit to the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) and the Qinghai province, originally the Tibetan province of Amdo last week, from 19 to 25 May.
What was a desperate attempt by China to project a favourable image of its six decades of draconian rule over Tibet, and to showcase “earth-shaking changes in the people’s production and life since Tibet’s peaceful liberation more than 60 years ago” which the Chinese foreign ministry hoped Amb. Branstad to witness, the visit shed a more urgent light on the China’s constant assault on Tibetan Buddhist civilisation and restricted access to Tibet. Post the visit to TAR and Amdo, Ambassador Branstad not only urged China to engage in dialogue with The Dalai Lama, but he also criticised the Chinese government’s interference in Tibetan Buddhists’ freedom to practice their religion and raised “long-standing concerns about the lack of consistent access to the Tibetan Autonomous Region.
” Ambassador Terry Branstad expressed concerns regarding the Chinese government’s interference in Tibetan Buddhists’ freedom to organise and practise their religion” and “also raised long-standing concerns about the lack of consistent access to the Tibetan Autonomous Region, said the official statement issued by the US embassy. Amb. Branstad’s trip to Tibet is the first to the region by an American envoy in four years.