Senate Unanimously Approves Bipartisan Resolution Sponsored by Feinstein, Smith and 20 Senators Condemning Violence in Tibet; Calling for Talks between China and His Holiness, the Dalai Lama

Press Release

Date: April 9, 2008
Location: Washington, DC
Issues: Foreign Affairs

The Senate today unanimously approved a bipartisan resolution sponsored by U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) and a group of 20 other Senators condemning the violence in Tibet. The resolution also calls on China to open substantive dialogue with His Holiness, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet.

The resolution is cosponsored by Senators Joseph Biden (D-Del.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Barack Obama (D-Ill.), Robert Byrd (D-W.V.), George Voinovich (R-Ohio), Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Joseph Lieberman (I-Ct.), Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), and Russ Feingold (D-Mich.).

"Over the past month, a wave of protests spread across Tibet. Regrettably, these protests were met with violence and a crackdown by the Chinese. The Senate is now on record condemning this violence and urging a process of reconciliation and dialogue," Senator Feinstein said. "It is my hope that the highest leadership of the Chinese Government will sit down with His Holiness the Dalai Lama face-to-face and negotiate how to bring about meaningful cultural and religious autonomy for the Tibetan people. For more than three decades, I have worked to bring this about. And I remain firmly committed to doing anything that I can to help bring the two sides together."

Senator Smith said, "The unrest and violence in Tibet is the direct result of over fifty years of Chinese oppression of Tibetan ethnic, cultural, and political rights. The Chinese government has long sought acceptance among the ranks of global leaders, but these events are not the actions of a world leader. The violence must stop."