US State Department's latest "Tibet Status Report": US personnel's access to Tibet is still subject to Beijing's systematic restrictions

US State Department's latest "Tibet Status Report": US personnel's access to Tibet is still subject to Beijing's systematic restrictions  The U.S. State Department said on Friday that U.S. diplomats, officials, journalists and tourists will continue to be systematically restricted by Beijing authorities in 2021 from entering Tibetan areas in China's Tibet Autonomous Region and other provinces; international visitors to the Tibet Autonomous Region will require the regional government issued travel authorization, but applications for travel authorization are often refused.  The US State Department made the above statement in its fourth annual Report on Access to Tibet to Congress.  The US Congress passed the "Tibet Travel Reciprocity Act" in 2018, which was later signed into law by President Trump. The law requires the U.S. State Department to submit a report to the U.S. Congress each year on access to Tibet for five consecutive years.  International visitors to the Tibet Autonomous Region require a travel permit from the autonomous region's government, but applications by foreign journalists, diplomats and other officials are often rejected by the autonomous region's government, the report said. The regional government has sometimes suggested that the central government in Beijing had rejected their applications to Tibet.  The U.S. State Department's report to Congress noted that in 2021, Chinese authorities organized two delegations of diplomats from selected countries and an international delegation of journalists to visit the Tibet Autonomous Region.  The report said that foreign diplomats and officials traveling to Tibetan areas outside the Tibet Autonomous Region have exactly the same requirements and regulations as travel to other parts of China, and do not need to apply for a permit or special notice. But the Beijing government has routinely turned down requests from foreign diplomats and officials to meet with local government officials, religious leaders and civil society leaders. Chinese security agents also use exaggerated surveillance methods to intimidate U.S. diplomats and officials, including stalking these diplomats and officials when they travel alone to these areas, preventing them from meeting or speaking with local personnel, harassing them, and limiting their access to actions in these areas.  At the same time, Tibetan-Americans often face restrictions on travel to Tibetan areas, and journalists' access to these areas has been limited.  The U.S. State Department report said that since the outbreak of the new crown epidemic, Chinese authorities have not only sealed off borders and restricted the entry of foreigners, but also implemented comprehensive travel restrictions within China, which have hindered the entry of foreign diplomats, journalists and tourists into the Tibet Autonomous Region and other Tibetan areas. impact and impact.  The report also specifically pointed out that since the Chinese government closed the U.S. consulate-general in Chengdu in retaliation for the U.S. closing the Chinese consulate-general in Houston, responsibility for serving people in southwestern China, including Tibet, has been transferred to Beijing, 800 miles away. U.S. Embassy. This move severely limited the ability of the United States to enter the Tibet region. Since the U.S. Consulate-General in Chengdu suspended operations, the Tibet Autonomous Region has not approved a single request from the U.S. Embassy in Beijing to visit the Tibet Autonomous Region or other Tibetan areas.

The U.S. State Department said on Friday that U.S. diplomats, officials, journalists and tourists will continue to be systematically restricted by Beijing authorities in 2021 from entering Tibetan areas in China's Tibet Autonomous Region and other provinces; international visitors to the Tibet Autonomous Region will require the regional government issued travel authorization, but applications for travel authorization are often refused.

The US State Department made the above statement in its fourth annual Report on Access to Tibet to Congress.

The US Congress passed the "Tibet Travel Reciprocity Act" in 2018, which was later signed into law by President Trump. The law requires the U.S. State Department to submit a report to the U.S. Congress each year on access to Tibet for five consecutive years.

International visitors to the Tibet Autonomous Region require a travel permit from the autonomous region's government, but applications by foreign journalists, diplomats and other officials are often rejected by the autonomous region's government, the report said. The regional government has sometimes suggested that the central government in Beijing had rejected their applications to Tibet.

The U.S. State Department's report to Congress noted that in 2021, Chinese authorities organized two delegations of diplomats from selected countries and an international delegation of journalists to visit the Tibet Autonomous Region.

The report said that foreign diplomats and officials traveling to Tibetan areas outside the Tibet Autonomous Region have exactly the same requirements and regulations as travel to other parts of China, and do not need to apply for a permit or special notice. But the Beijing government has routinely turned down requests from foreign diplomats and officials to meet with local government officials, religious leaders and civil society leaders. Chinese security agents also use exaggerated surveillance methods to intimidate U.S. diplomats and officials, including stalking these diplomats and officials when they travel alone to these areas, preventing them from meeting or speaking with local personnel, harassing them, and limiting their access to actions in these areas.

At the same time, Tibetan-Americans often face restrictions on travel to Tibetan areas, and journalists' access to these areas has been limited.

The U.S. State Department report said that since the outbreak of the new crown epidemic, Chinese authorities have not only sealed off borders and restricted the entry of foreigners, but also implemented comprehensive travel restrictions within China, which have hindered the entry of foreign diplomats, journalists and tourists into the Tibet Autonomous Region and other Tibetan areas. impact and impact.

The report also specifically pointed out that since the Chinese government closed the U.S. consulate-general in Chengdu in retaliation for the U.S. closing the Chinese consulate-general in Houston, responsibility for serving people in southwestern China, including Tibet, has been transferred to Beijing, 800 miles away. U.S. Embassy. This move severely limited the ability of the United States to enter the Tibet region. Since the U.S. Consulate-General in Chengdu suspended operations, the Tibet Autonomous Region has not approved a single request from the U.S. Embassy in Beijing to visit the Tibet Autonomous Region or other Tibetan areas.



JNR color is back, 100 fans at the departure ceremony of the limited express Yakumo  The limited express Yakumo service connecting Okayama-Izumo City Station on the JR Hakubi Line, which has revived the painting of the former Japanese National Railways, began on the 19th. There was a departure ceremony at Izumo City Station (Izumo City Station Kitamachi), and 100 railroad fans and others saw off the old-fashioned red and cream two-tone car body.  The national railway color is planned by the JR West Yoneko branch office to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the start of operation of the Hakubi Line. With one 6-car train as a revival vehicle, it makes two round trips a day between Okayama and Izumo City Station.  The ceremony, which was held at 7:21 am, began with a performance by the local Kobe River Taiko. President Shoichi Saeki said, "I want to contribute to the expansion of the exchange population and the related population," and Tatsuya Maruyama, the governor of Shimane Prefecture, cut the tape.  Kona Fukuda (16), a first-year student at Izumo High School, said, "The image of yakumo has changed dramatically and it's cool."  The plan is to operate until the introduction of the new Yakumo in 2024.(Kanako Tsukimori)

JNR color is back, 100 fans at the departure ceremony of the limited express Yakumo : Japan


The limited express Yakumo service connecting Okayama-Izumo City Station on the JR Hakubi Line, which has revived the painting of the former Japanese National Railways, began on the 19th. There was a departure ceremony at Izumo City Station (Izumo City Station Kitamachi), and 100 railroad fans and others saw off the old-fashioned red and cream two-tone car body.

The national railway color is planned by the JR West Yoneko branch office to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the start of operation of the Hakubi Line. With one 6-car train as a revival vehicle, it makes two round trips a day between Okayama and Izumo City Station.

The ceremony, which was held at 7:21 am, began with a performance by the local Kobe River Taiko. President Shoichi Saeki said, "I want to contribute to the expansion of the exchange population and the related population," and Tatsuya Maruyama, the governor of Shimane Prefecture, cut the tape.

Kona Fukuda (16), a first-year student at Izumo High School, said, "The image of yakumo has changed dramatically and it's cool."

The plan is to operate until the introduction of the new Yakumo in 2024.(Kanako Tsukimori)

Canada: An attacker targeted worshipers during dawn prayers with "pepper spray"  A mosque in the Canadian city of Mississauga was attacked, but there were no casualties during dawn prayers. According to the imam of the mosque, the worshipers heard the noise of a man spraying "pepper spray" over them during prayer.  On Saturday, a mosque in the Canadian city of Mississauga witnessed an attack during dawn prayers, which did not result in any casualties.  The imam of the mosque, Ibrahim Hindi, said in an interview with Anadolu Agency, that the worshipers heard a noise of a man spraying "pepper spray" over them during the dawn prayer.  He added that "the worshipers turned and saw that the man was holding an ax in his hand, while he was spraying them with pepper spray."  He said it looked as if the man wanted to "spray everyone with pepper before attacking them," adding that those in the mosque "quickly overpowered" the attacker.  He pointed out that a 19-year-old man managed to throw the attacker to the ground and immobilize him with the rest of the worshipers, until the police arrived.  He stressed that "no one was seriously injured", but a number of worshipers "still feel the effects of pepper spray."  And the local police in Peel, Ontario, Canada, issued a statement, saying, "Officers from the 12th Division have arrested a man responsible for a possible hate crime that took place at a mosque in Mississauga."  The statement indicated that "at about 7 am (11:00 GMT), a man entered the mosque and fired pepper spray towards those in the mosque, while waving an ax."  He added that "the worshipers in the mosque quickly tightened their grip on the man until the police arrived," noting that the investigation into the incident was "ongoing."  On the incident, the National Council of Canadian Muslims issued a statement saying: "Our society will never break, and we reject intimidation."  In turn, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in a tweet via Twitter, described the incident as "extremely disturbing", stressing his "strongly condemnation."  "I strongly condemn this violence, which has no place in Canada," Trudeau added.  "I would also like to pay tribute to the courage of the worshipers who were at the scene of the attack this morning," he added.

Canada: An attacker targeted worshipers during dawn prayers with "pepper spray"


A mosque in the Canadian city of Mississauga was attacked, but there were no casualties during dawn prayers. According to the imam of the mosque, the worshipers heard the noise of a man spraying "pepper spray" over them during prayer.

On Saturday, a mosque in the Canadian city of Mississauga witnessed an attack during dawn prayers, which did not result in any casualties.

The imam of the mosque, Ibrahim Hindi, said in an interview with Anadolu Agency, that the worshipers heard a noise of a man spraying "pepper spray" over them during the dawn prayer.

He added that "the worshipers turned and saw that the man was holding an ax in his hand, while he was spraying them with pepper spray."

He said it looked as if the man wanted to "spray everyone with pepper before attacking them," adding that those in the mosque "quickly overpowered" the attacker.

He pointed out that a 19-year-old man managed to throw the attacker to the ground and immobilize him with the rest of the worshipers, until the police arrived.

He stressed that "no one was seriously injured", but a number of worshipers "still feel the effects of pepper spray."

And the local police in Peel, Ontario, Canada, issued a statement, saying, "Officers from the 12th Division have arrested a man responsible for a possible hate crime that took place at a mosque in Mississauga."

The statement indicated that "at about 7 am (11:00 GMT), a man entered the mosque and fired pepper spray towards those in the mosque, while waving an ax."

He added that "the worshipers in the mosque quickly tightened their grip on the man until the police arrived," noting that the investigation into the incident was "ongoing."

On the incident, the National Council of Canadian Muslims issued a statement saying: "Our society will never break, and we reject intimidation."

In turn, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in a tweet via Twitter, described the incident as "extremely disturbing", stressing his "strongly condemnation."

"I strongly condemn this violence, which has no place in Canada," Trudeau added.

"I would also like to pay tribute to the courage of the worshipers who were at the scene of the attack this morning," he added.
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