Bill in US Congress to recognise Tibet as independent nation

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29th May 2020

The bill could see the US president recognise Tibet as an independent and separate country from China.

US lawmaker Scott Perry has introduced a bill to Congress which would authorise the president to recognise the Tibet Autonomous Region as a separate and independent country from the People's Republic of China.

The bill was introduced and referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on 19 May. 

It is titled: “To authorize the President to recognize the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China as a separate, independent country, and for other purposes.”

Perry, who is a Repbulican from Pennsylvania has also introduced a similar bill for Hong Kong.

Both bills have been referred to the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs and have come at a time of rising tension between Beijing and Washington. 

The bills must be approved by the House of Representatives, the Senate and signed by the President before they can become law. But it is unlikely the legislation will change China’s position if signed into law.

The bills follow a previous piece of US legislation on Tibet called the Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act which was signed into law by President Donald Trump in December 2018. 

The Act denies Chinese government officials access to the United States if they are responsible for putting restrictions on American government officials, journalists, independent observers and tourists trying to access Tibet.

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