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Pelosi: China to 'erase the religion, culture and language of Tibet

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Leading a congressional junket to Nepal and northern India (where the Dalai Lama lives in exile), the leader of House Democrats complained about the "brutal tactics" of the Chinese government toward Tibet; said the Dalai Lama prayed for her to "rid myself of my negative attitudes"; and defended the "religion, culture and language of the Tibetan people." – reported CNS News (US).

In remarks at a ceremony hosted by the Dalai Lama, Pelosi said, "We are all here to pay tribute to His Holiness, a visionary, a man of compassion, a man of hope...We came to see you. You have inspired us with your hope."

Pelosi praised the determination of Tibetans, many living in exile in Nepal, "to preserve the authenticity of being Tibetan."

“If we do not speak out against oppression in Tibet because of China's economic power, we lose all moral authority to talk about human rights anywhere else in the world. We will not be silenced. He will not be silenced,” she said, referring to the Dalai Lama.

“So the brutal tactics of the Chinese government -- I will not go into that because His Holiness prayed for me that I would rid myself of my negative attitudes (about China) -- but brutal tactics of the Chinese government to erase the religion, culture and language of the Tibetan people challenges the conscience of the world. We will meet that challenge. Working together, we will meet that challenge.”

Pelosi ended her remarks with a message to Chinese leaders, who do not recognize Tibet’s autonomy.

“To some in China, an autonomous, authentic Tibet is inconceivable. To us, it is inevitable. It is inevitable. So we must shorten the distance between 'inconceivable' to them and the ‘inevitable’ to us. Working together, we will do that. We will make sure they see the light.

“I'm certain that with your devotion, your determination, your commitment to Tibetan values, culture, language, religion -- and under the leadership of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama…I am certain that we will succeed.”

Pelosi is antagonizing China at a time when President Donald Trump is counting on China’s help to defuse tensions with a belligerent North Korea.

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