New US Act of Congress takes aim at looming battle for the soul of Tibet

Among other things, the bipartisan Tibetan Policy and Support Act of 2019 makes official US policy that the succession or reincarnation of the Dalai Lama, and other Tibetan Buddhist leaders, are exclusively religious issues to be decided by the Tibet
Among other things, the bipartisan Tibetan Policy and Support Act of 2019 makes official US policy that the succession or reincarnation of the Dalai Lama, and other Tibetan Buddhist leaders, are exclusively religious issues to be decided by the Tibetan Buddhist community.PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON - With new legislation set to be introduced this week in the Senate that will mandate targeted sanctions on Chinese officials interfering in the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama, the issue of Tibet is acquiring more prominence in the United States' foreign policy.

The bipartisan Tibetan Policy and Support Act of 2019 builds on and updates the Tibetan Policy Act of 2002.

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