As bilateral ties between the US and China continue to deteriorate, Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo on Tuesday announced visa restrictions on some officials from the Chinese government and the country's ruling Chinese Communist Party under the Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act, 2018.

"Today I am announcing visa restrictions on PRC government and Chinese Communist Party officials determined to be "substantially involved in the formulation or execution of policies related to access for foreigners to Tibetan areas," pursuant to the Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act of 2018," Pompeo said.

The US secretary of state said that access to Tibet is vital to regional stability, given the human rights abuses by the Chinese government and Beijing's failure to prevent environmental degradation in the region.

"Access to Tibetan areas is increasingly vital to regional stability, given the PRC's human rights abuses there, as well as Beijing's failure to prevent environmental degradation near the headwaters of Asia's major rivers," he said.

He said the Chinese government "systematically obstruct" travel to the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR) and other Tibetan areas" by US diplomats and other officials, journalists, and tourists.

"The United States will continue to work to advance the sustainable economic development, environmental conservation, and humanitarian conditions of Tibetan communities within the People's Republic of China and abroad," he added.

Posted By: Shashikant Sharma