Foreign Ministry Spokesperson’s Regular Press Conference on December 20, 2018
Q: The US administration has signed into law the Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act of 2018 which could result in some Chinese officials being banned from access to the US. What is your comment?
A: We express strong opposition to the US, who is obstinate in signing into law the so-called Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act of 2018 adopted at the Congress. Just as we pointed out on many occasions, the act has severely violated the basic norms governing international relations, grossly interfered in China’s domestic affairs, sent out a seriously wrong signal to the Tibet Independence separatist forces and been highly detrimental to the exchanges and cooperation between China and the US.
I have to stress that Tibet affairs are purely China’s domestic affairs and allow no interference from other countries. Tibet and the Tibetan-inhabited areas in other four provinces are open to foreigners. Since 2015, nearly 40,000 visits have been made to Tibet by Americans alone. Besides, considering the geographical conditions and climate there, it is entirely necessary for the Chinese government to take certain administration measures on the access to Tibet by foreigners in accordance with laws and regulations, which is beyond reproach. The relevant accusations leveled against China by the US act disregard the facts and are fraught with biases. We will never accept that. If the US puts this act into effect, it will certainly cause serious harm to the bilateral relations and exchanges and cooperation in key areas. The Chinese side will surely take forceful measures to firmly safeguard its own interests.
China’s door to the outside world will only open wider and wider, and Tibet will become more and more open. China welcomes more and more foreigners to Tibet for visit, travel and business, and this policy will remain unchanged. But the precondition is that they must abide by the Chinese laws and relevant regulations and go through necessary procedures.
We urge the US side to fully realize the highly sensitive nature of Tibet-related issues, stop using them to interfere in China’s internal affairs and refrain from putting the act into effect, otherwise the US itself has to bear all the consequences that may cause.