China on Wednesday hit out at a Bill approved by a US Senate committee that would call on Beijing to ease restrictions in Tibetan areas following a wave of self-immolations.
Under the resolution, the Senate would state that it mourns the protesters who have died, deplore “the repressive policies targeting Tibetans” and urge Beijing to release all “arbitrarily detained” people.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday approved the resolution among a series of Bills that touch on Iran, Sudan and Syria. It has sent these to the full Senate, which is likely to approve them soon.
The Tibet resolution would not carry repercussions but would urge US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to seek a “full accounting” from China on the flashpoint Kirti monastery, which has experienced a lot of unrest.
It would also call on Beijing to provide unfettered access in Tibetan regions to journalists and diplomats.
At least 29 Tibetans, many of them Buddhist monks and nuns, have set themselves on fire since the start of 2011 to protest what many consider to be religious and political repression by Beijing.
China contends that it has provided development to Tibet and accuses the Dalai Lama, the region’s exiled spiritual leader and a Nobel Peace laureate, of fomenting unrest.