Tibetan political leader pays a visit to the White House for first time in years
SHANGHAI (CHINA) – The head of the Tibetan government in exile has made a visit to the US White House for the first time in six decades. This move could further infuriate Beijing, which has in turn accused that the United States was trying to destabilise the region.
Lobsang Sangay, President of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), was invited to the White House to meet with officials on Friday, the CTA said in a press release.
The CTA, which is based in India’s Dharamshala, said, “This unprecedented meeting perhaps will set an optimistic tone for CTA participation with US officials and be more formalised in the coming years.”
Tibet has become one of the areas of dispute between the United States and China.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Beijing in July of violating Tibetan human rights and said Washington supported “meaningful autonomy” for the region.