The Congressional-Executive Commission on China’s hearing on “The Human Rights Situation in Tibet and the International Response” was another sign of Congress’ growing concerns about Tibet. And in his remarks, ICT President Matteo Mecacci laid out the US government’s growing actions to help Tibetans, from the State Department implementing the Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act in July 2020 to the House passing the TPSA in January.

Mecacci said the Senate passing the TPSA “will be a powerful message of hope to the Tibetan people who are otherwise faced with daily oppressive policies by the Chinese authorities.” He added that China’s plan to select the next Dalai Lama was “an absurd claim that the international community needs to challenge decisively.”