US Sanctions Chinese Officials Over Alleged ‘Forced Assimilation’ in Tibet

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The Facts

  • The US Dept. of State announced on Tuesday that new visa restrictions will be put in place on Chinese officials suspected of involvement in the alleged “forced assimilation” of more than 1M children in state-run boarding schools in Tibet.

  • A State Dept. spokesperson said that the new restrictions would apply to present and former Chinese officials but didn't go into detail, citing US confidentiality law on visa records.

The Spin

Anti-China narrative

China's treatment of non-Han minorities is atrocious, and there's strong evidence that 1M Tibetan children are facing cultural erasure. The US is right to hold Chinese officials accountable for their role in forcibly assimilating minority populations.

Pro-China narrative

The US consistently interferes in Chinese affairs while holding itself to a different standard, violating basic norms governing international relations. Unlike the US, China doesn't have a sordid history of deep-seated racism, and Tibet has long enjoyed a booming economy, a harmonious society, and effective protection of cultural heritage.

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