Cameron should speak up for Tibet says UK public

29th November 2013

New poll reveals strong support for Tibet as UK leader prepares to visit China.

Around seven in every ten UK adults thinks that human rights in Tibet is at least as important as trade with China, according to a new survey.

The results come as UK Prime Minster David Cameron prepares for his first visit to China.

Only 10% of those questioned in the ICM poll, commissioned by Free Tibet, thought it would be wrong for Mr Cameron to raise the issue of Tibet during his state visit from 2-4 December.

Dalai Lama meeting

Relations between the UK and China have been strained since Mr Cameron met with the Dalai Lama in 2012. China responded angrily to the meeting and has subsequently claimed that a British admission of “mishandling” the issue of Tibet led to a thawing in the relationship and paved the way for trade deals between the two countries.

However this latest poll shows that Mr Cameron was doing exactly what the British people want him to do when he met with the Dalai Lama.

It also shows that UK Chancellor, George Osborne, was hopelessly out of step with public opinion when he refused to be drawn on the subject of human rights when he was in China last month.

Tibet support at Downing Street

Earlier today, we handed a package into Downing Street, home of the UK Prime Minster.

The package contained the names of nearly 10,000 supporters who have signed our online petition to Xi Jinping or filled in a Free Tibet postcard calling on Mr Cameron to speak up for Tibet.

Read full results of the poll.

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