President Donald Trump on Sunday, Dec. 27, signed the Taiwan 2020 Guarantee Act and the Tibetan 2020 Policy and Support Act, which had been included in the $2.3 billion aid package for the CCP Virus pandemic (COVID-19).
Taiwan’s law, determines U.S. support for Taiwan’s meaningful participation in United Nations agencies and regular arms sales, as reported by Newsmax.
From the presidential office, Taiwan praised the U.S.’s move by calling Washington an “important ally” in sharing the values of “freedom and democracy.”
Tibetan law provides for the opening of a U.S. Consulate in Lhasa, capital of the Tibetan Autonomous Region, and also establishes Washington’s support for nongovernmental organizations in support of Tibetan communities, according to WION.
In Tibet, the law provides that sanctions should be imposed on Chinese officials who interfere with the election of the exiled spiritual leader, the successor to the exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. Since 1950, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has ruled the region with an iron fist.
The CCP claims that the 14th Dalai Lama is a “separatist” figure who is trying to separate Tibet from China.
Tibet’s exiled president, Lobsang Sangai, was moved by President Trump’s passage of the law, saying that “history has been made again!”
“History made again! President Trump signs the Omnibus bill, which means the Tibetan Policy and Support Act of 2020 is now LAW,” he wrote on his Twitter account.
The president of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) had previously denounced the CCP and its subjugation of the Tibetan people for years, claiming that their relationship was not far from what is known as “cultural genocide.”
“The tortures, enforced disappearances, and destructions of monasteries carried out by the government of China [the CCP] against Tibetans are acts of crimes against humanity and do not fall short of being categorized as ‘cultural genocide’,” said Sangay, according to OpIndia.
“Persecution and suppression via high-tech surveillance by China [the CCP] have forced 154 Tibetans from different walks of life in Tibet to self-immolate as a mark of peaceful protest against the Chinese authorities since 2009,” said Sangay.
The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed the CCP’s rejection and nonconformity with the two provisions through which the United States is strengthening its commitment to the independence of Taiwan and Tibet.
Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian urged Washington not to execute acts that “target China” if it does not want to damage the ties between the two nations.
President Trump finally signed the spending and pandemic aid bill into law on Sunday night after it was discussed by members of Congress in both chambers.
President Trump refused in principle to approve a $600 aid package proposed by the Democrats that prioritized nonessential government spending in an effort to add more money in aid for the American people.