"I am pleased to announce the concurrent designation of Assistant Secretary Robert A. Destro of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor to serve as the United States Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues", Pompeo said in the statement on Wednesday.
Sikyong also thanked USA secretary of state Mike Pompeo for appointing Destro, who is also a human rights official. Experts in China have said that the recent decision of the USA is sure to stun the dragon. This appointment is therefore a welcome sign of meaningful support for Tibet by the US Government.
Beijing lashed out Thursday at Washington's appointment of an envoy to oversee human rights issues in Tibet, saying the United States wanted to destroy the region's stability. Thus, it becomes the moral responsibility of every Tibetans living outside of Tibet to preserve and to promote the unique identity of Tibet. "It will also help in promoting the policies that protect the distinct identity of Tibet and safeguard the human rights situations inside Tibet", he further said.
Destro will support United States efforts to promote dialogue between the Tibetan leader, the Dalai Lama, exiled in India, or his representatives with China to protect the unique culture, religious freedom and respect the Tibetan human rights.
Asked about restrictions that bar foreigners from going to Tibet outside of government tours, Wu Yingjie, the Communist Party Secretary of the Tibet Autonomous Region, said officials believed the region's environment was too unsafe for foreigners to travel independently. It was recognized as a law in the U.S. in December 2018.
"There is no element of coercion", Che Dhala, Chairman of the Tibet Autonomous Region, said in response to a question on whether nomads are forced to participate in the training programs, adding that people are trained in skills they want, such as driving or welding. "Great honor to meet with the Special Coordinator on Tibetan Issues Robert A Destro". But China considers the 85-year-old Dalai Lama a separatist.
Pompeo said that we will work closely with the US Congress to truly maintain reciprocity and ensure that the American people have full access to all areas of the People's Republic of China, including the TAR and other Tibetan areas.