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New US law on Tibet puts more pressure on China

The Act may sound innocuous and its passage was quite lost in the din of Washington politics, but it pricks China in a notoriously sensitive Himalayan spot - Tibet.

The Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act, signed into law on Wednesday by President Donald Trump, "denies Chinese government officials access to the United States if they are responsible for creating or implementing restrictions on American government officials, journalists, independent observers and tourists seeking access to Tibet".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 22, 2018, with the headline 'New US law on Tibet puts more pressure on China'. Print Edition | Subscribe