The law claims to be a counterattack against Chinas restrictions on foreigners, including Americans, entering Tibet. According to the bill, the Chinese government must allow American journalists, diplomats and tourists unrestricted access to Tibet; the Secretary of State of the United States must submit annual reports to Congress to identify Chinese officials involved in relevant restrictive policies, who will be restricted to the United States.
Americans seem to have demonstrated this logic through this bill: Tibet, as Chinas territory, must allow Americans to enter and leave freely, and if China fails to do so, the United States will fight back.
According to U.S. media reports, the bill, which demonstrates strange logic, was proposed by Massachusetts Republican Senator John McGowan in April and passed successively in both houses of Congress.
After the bill was passed by the Senate on December 11, the main sponsor of the bill, Republican Senator Rubio, said that the Senate passed the Tibet Travel Equivalence Act on the basis of the principle of reciprocity, which has long been lacking in the relationship between the United States and China.
On December 7, Zhi Zhenfeng, a researcher at the Law Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, wrote a critical essay in the Global Times on the bizarre Tibetan Travel Equivalence Law.
Zhi Zhenfeng said that to deal with international foreign affairs through domestic law, sanctioning this and that is a major preference of the United States. However, it must be pointed out that this does not conform to the principle of reciprocity in international law and lacks legal basis. In the final analysis, it is only the full use of the hegemonic power of the United States.
He said that, from the perspective of international law, dealing with international affairs through domestic law, especially those involving the internal affairs of other countries, was in essence a gross violation of international law based on the principle of sovereign equality. Based on the objective situation of the country, the screening and management of foreignersentry is the most basic sovereignty of a country. Even this must be countered, which fully demonstrates the need for some American politicians to make up for the lessons of international law.
Zhi Zhenfeng believes that the United States certainly has no right to use domestic law to criticize other countries. Other countries do not have any obligation to abide by American domestic law, but the reality is that the United States often uses domestic law to suppress disobedient countries. This is the manifestation of American hegemony and the political palace battle in which some American politicians tie the country to chariots for their own benefit. Whether the Taiwan Travel Law or the Tibet Travel Equality Law resolution in the gun can be regarded as a chess piece for some American politicians to please populism and seek personal political self-interest. There is no such thing as what Senate Democratic leader Pelosi called Americas moral authority and respect for freedom, but just a political calculation of a group of politicians.
According to Zhi Zhenfeng, fundamentally speaking, whether the Tibetan Travel Equivalence Law is passed or not, it will have little impact on China. Whether it is the Taiwan Travel Law or the Tibet Travel Equivalence Law, there is no lack of tools in our toolbox for recruiting and dismantling recruits.
Lu Hong, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, responded to the Tibet Travel Equivalence Act on the 14th. The relevant Act passed by the US Congress ignored facts, violated the basic norms of international relations by roughly interfering in Chinas internal affairs. China firmly opposed this and has made strict representations to the US side.
Lu Kang said it must be pointed out that Tibet affairs are purely internal affairs of China and can not be interfered by other countries. Foreign personnel may enter Tibet through normal channels. Every year, a large number of Chinese and foreign people come to Tibet to visit, travel and do business. Since 2015, nearly 40,000 people have visited Tibet by the United States alone, including minority leaders, senators and other groups in the United States House of Representatives. The criticism of the US Congress Act against China is totally untenable, and the Chinese government and people must not accept it.
Chinas Response to the US Equal Entry into Tibet Bill: Gross Intervention in Chinas Internal Affairs
The Senate of the United States Congress deliberated and adopted the equal access to the Tibet bill of 2018. This foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a regular press conference that the bill passed by the United States Congress ignored the facts, interfered in Chinas internal affairs violently and violated the basic norms of international relations. China firmly opposed this and had solemnly addressed the US side. He said that foreigners can enter Tibet through normal channels.