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senate Bill S. 2539

Should the U.S. Update Laws Punishing China for its Repression of Tibet?

Argument in favor

U.S. policy toward Tibet needs to be updated in light of new challenges posed by Chinese Communist Party actions against Tibetans. Updating and strengthening U.S. policies to support the Tibetan people is necessary to ensure that the U.S. stands up for human rights, religious freedoms, and cultural preservation in Tibet. As a protector of human rights around the world and defender of religious freedom, it’s only right that the U.S. support these principles in Tibet.

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11/09/2019
We should start fighting back against China’s disgusting oppression against its people, their lies, and what they have done to Tibet. Leave them alone, China. Punish China until they learn their lesson.
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11/09/2019
This is just one of many instances of CCP sponsored ethnic cleansing/repression that should be cause for punishment not just by the United States, but the international community as well. This includes Hong Kong, and the ethnic cleansing of Uyghur Muslims as well.
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Bruce's Opinion
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11/09/2019
Is this even a real possibility in the Trump Regime? Trump probably knows nothing about Tibet. Absolutely nothing! And he cares even less!
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Argument opposed

Given the fragile state of trade talks between the U.S. and China, now isn’t the time for the U.S. to aggravate China — which strongly believe that Tibet is a rightful part of its territoritory — by passing legislation that supports Tibetan interests over Chinese interests. Regardless of what the U.S. thinks about China’s Tibet policy, China’s position in the region is a domestic, not international issue. Therefore, it would be inappropriate for the U.S. to weigh in on this domestic Chinese policy issue.

jimK's Opinion
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11/09/2019
I think a Congressional resolution is appropriate; of our Country’s belief in human rights and that it is our belief that that Tibetan’s rights as human beings are being violated by China’s policies. I don’t think we have the right nor the authority to unilaterally impose our beliefs on another country, unless we do so as part of a broader world community of allied partners. This appears to be another attempt to leverage an unrelated issue in order to force trade policy changes because we think we can. Our ability to enforce our will on other countries has been seriously diminished under our republican-enabled trump ‘rule’. The downfall of authoritarian regimes, of which we have increasingly become, is that their self-righteous beliefs, which by ‘proclamation’ are ‘right and righteous’, can simply be imposed on others. If needed, these beliefs should not be ‘policied’ by us alone because ‘we said so’ without allied interests and international cooperation and support. In particular, this all seems quite hypocritical given our own abdominal recent ‘human-rights’ abuses of Latino immigrants. ... ... ... It is always much better to ‘lead’ by our example than it is to ‘lead’ by imposing our self-righteous mandates.
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Rebekah 's Opinion
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11/09/2019
No. Instead, let’s take responsibility for our own genocides, broken treaties, and massive incarceration of minorities here at home.
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David's Opinion
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11/09/2019
What about the human rights we are trampling on at our Southern Border?
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      Committee on Foreign Relations
    IntroducedSeptember 24th, 2019
    We should start fighting back against China’s disgusting oppression against its people, their lies, and what they have done to Tibet. Leave them alone, China. Punish China until they learn their lesson.
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    I think a Congressional resolution is appropriate; of our Country’s belief in human rights and that it is our belief that that Tibetan’s rights as human beings are being violated by China’s policies. I don’t think we have the right nor the authority to unilaterally impose our beliefs on another country, unless we do so as part of a broader world community of allied partners. This appears to be another attempt to leverage an unrelated issue in order to force trade policy changes because we think we can. Our ability to enforce our will on other countries has been seriously diminished under our republican-enabled trump ‘rule’. The downfall of authoritarian regimes, of which we have increasingly become, is that their self-righteous beliefs, which by ‘proclamation’ are ‘right and righteous’, can simply be imposed on others. If needed, these beliefs should not be ‘policied’ by us alone because ‘we said so’ without allied interests and international cooperation and support. In particular, this all seems quite hypocritical given our own abdominal recent ‘human-rights’ abuses of Latino immigrants. ... ... ... It is always much better to ‘lead’ by our example than it is to ‘lead’ by imposing our self-righteous mandates.
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    No. Instead, let’s take responsibility for our own genocides, broken treaties, and massive incarceration of minorities here at home.
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    What about the human rights we are trampling on at our Southern Border?
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    We don’t really have a leg to stand on. We have no moral high ground. Free Tibet? Sure, right after we free the asylum seekers who we have illegally imprisoned. See, that Glass House all around us?
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    We will never change China through force. We will only assure their continued resistance to democracy. And, quite frankly, given our current state of affairs, we are not in any position to be calling the kettle black! A better choice would be to maintain the status quo with non-urgent policies such as this, and wait until the current administration is out of office before making any further foolish foreign policy decisions regarding China. We need a functioning State Department that is committed to NEGOTIATING and furthering our goals in China through diplomacy. Such diplomacy MAY require pressure tactics, but this administration conducts foreign policy with a sledgehammer, and should not be encouraged.
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    This is just one of many instances of CCP sponsored ethnic cleansing/repression that should be cause for punishment not just by the United States, but the international community as well. This includes Hong Kong, and the ethnic cleansing of Uyghur Muslims as well.
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    Is this even a real possibility in the Trump Regime? Trump probably knows nothing about Tibet. Absolutely nothing! And he cares even less!
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    The United States is no longer a credible example for anything anymore in the eyes of the rest of the world.
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    People that live in glass house should not throw stones. Clean the United States first.
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    What China is doing to Tibet and the Tibetan people is definitely wrong. However, our own treatment of other cultures, even and especially within our own nation, gives pause and precludes any right we claim to judge others. We first have to set an example with our own behavior to be able to claim the moral authority to criticize and prescribe the behavior of others.
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    The United States seems to have trouble strengthening their own moral code - so afraid of OFFENDING someone - even the FGM laws banning the practice are so weak that they cannot be upheld in the courts - a country isn’t a free for all - it should stand for something and that doesn’t mean trying to please EVERYONE
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    Right JimK! Would it be nice if we could clean up our own act and get back to upholding the first principles of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. The current regime of whim and caprice "because I said so" needs replacing to allow us to get back on that correct path. A Congressional resolution is the appropriate level of response till then. Look at the way we treat Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico - shamefully!
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    Tibet should of be free a long time ago. They have a peaceful belief.
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    No but the United Nations certainly should.
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    We unfortunately have no leverage. They are a super power and we have shriveled and allowed China, and the up and coming Russia to fill in any influence we had in the world. So countable stop asking the US to weigh into other countries affairs. Trump’s “team” is guilty of human rights violations. He owns over 4000 orphans on the Mexican border. He stripped children and babies from their families, isolating them and now no one knows where these children belong. He supports ruthless dictators and snubs our allies. He needs to be arrested.
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    Free Tibet.
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    I will always support Tibetans. They have been treated horribly by the Chinese, who invaded their centuries old country and forced the Dali Lama to flee to India as a teenager. However, it is disingenuous for the US to hold itself up as a beacon of freedom, given our continuous adventures/wars to “bring democracy” to others.
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    Certainly. However, we nee to address our own human rights abuses (kids in cages, family separations, prisoner enslavement, etc.) In order to have any ethical or moral authority.
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    You need to clean up America before you try and correct another country. We have a homeless crisis a mental illness problem California burning and Democrats that can’t stand with our president. Work on our problems let them worry about theirs.
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