The US State Department revealed that in 2021, Chinese authorities ‘systematically’ refused US diplomats, officials, journalists and tourists to travel to the Tibet Autonomous Territory (TAR) and several other Tibetan places. Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in January 2020, Chinese authorities have enforced nationwide travel and access restrictions, limiting the ability of foreign diplomats, journalists and tourists to visit the TAR and other Tibetan territories.
A report submitted to the U.S. Congress suggests that international visitors’ travel to the TAR required approval of the TAR government’s travel permits, and the TAR authorities routinely denied travel permits to international journalists, diplomats, and other officials, often with indications that the central government had rejected the request. The State Department stated that U.S. diplomats sought to visit the TAR in February 2021 through a diplomatic note, but Chinese officials did not allow them to pay an official visit to the TAR in 2021 despite the embassy’s repeated requests with different dates over a six-month period. period.
Chinese officials consistently rejected requests
The report also said that in 2021, the Chinese government welcomed two delegations of foreign diplomats from a select group of countries and an international journalistic delegation into the TAR. But the report goes on to say that Chinese officials have consistently rejected requests to meet with government, religious and civil society leaders in these areas.
The Chinese security forces intimidated US diplomats and officials on their trip to Tibet, followed them, banned them from meeting or communicating with local residents, harassed them and restricted their movements. The report further claims that Tibetan Americans’ travel to Tibetan territories has been regularly restricted and that journalists continue to have limited and restricted access to certain regions of Tibet.
Students in Tibet are taught Chinese
Meanwhile, teachers in the Tibetan region are receiving workshops to teach Chinese students the Tibetan language. Tibet Press claimed that in Tibet’s capital, Lhasa, all educational topics are now taught in Chinese, and the goal is to brainwash students. Sources suggest that textbooks in the Golog Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Qinghai Province in northwestern China have now been translated into Chinese.
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