Tibetan govt-in-exile President Lobsong Sangay visits White House, creates history
Dr Lobsang Sangay, President of Tibetan government estranged abroad on Friday formally entered the United States White House, a historic feat for the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA).
According to a release from the office of Tibet in Washington, Dr Sangay became the first Sikyong (President of CTA) to be formally welcomed into the US State Department to meet Assistant Secretary and Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues Robert Destro.
For the last six decades, the head of CTA was denied passage to the US State Department and White House, as the US government does not perceive the Tibetan government estranged abroad. The Friday's visit amounts to an acknowledgment of both the democratic system of CTA and its political head.
Sangay was welcome to the US State Department for the first run through in 60 years last month.
The CTA informed that Dr Sangay met with White House officials, and preceding this gathering, he had met them in undisclosed meetings and locations over twelve times in the past 10 years since he became the CTA's Sikyong in 2011.
"Despite the fact that he nears the finish of his term as the Sikyong of the Central Tibetan Administration, Dr. Sangay has tirelessly advocated for the Tibetan Policy and Support Act of 2019," said the release.
Earlier this week, Dr Sangay held several virtual meetings, through which he discussed Tibetan Policy and Support Act (TPSA) and other matters with the US Congressional-Executive Commission on China Chairman Jim McGovern and senior Senate Foreign Relations Committee staffers, both on the Republican and Democrat side.
Representative Ngodup Tsering and Kelsang Dolma had also accompanied Dr Sangay on these meetings.
In October, after Sangay was welcomed by the State Department, the Chinese government has asked the US to stop meddling in China's internal affairs or subverting the turn of events and stability of the nation's Tibet region.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a daily instructions in Beijing on Tuesday that Destro "violated the responsibility and the policy stance of the US side on not supporting Tibet's autonomy and not acknowledging this administration in a state of banishment".