US Committee Releases Report on Tibet

A new report by the U.S. government says Chinese policies in Tibet are "fueling discontent."

The report, issued Wednesday, says the Chinese have invested massively in transportation, housing and education, which it says has improved the lives of Tibetans. But the report also notes that many of the newly created jobs are going to ethnic Han Chinese rather than to Tibetans.

It says Tibetans are facing discrimination, religious restrictions, an influx of Han Chinese, and a growing income disparity, all of which are creating unhappiness.

The report was prepared by a bipartisan staff delegation of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations committee, which visited Tibet last September.

They recommend that the U.S. look for development projects in Tibet that can be undertaken jointly with the Chinese government in the areas of economic development, environmental protection and cultural preservation.

The delegation also recommends that the U.S. increase existing NGO activities, and encourage China to relax restrictions on the movement of U.S. government officials and others, as well as to press for permission to open a consulate in the Tibetan capital, Lhasa.