Summary: H.R.1779 — 107th Congress (2001-2002)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (05/09/2001)

Tibetan Policy Act of 2001 - Sets forth congressional declarations, including that it: (1) reaffirms that Tibet is an occupied country under the established principles of international law; (2) commends the Republic of India and the kingdom of Nepal for providing asylum and humanitarian care to the Dalai Lama and Tibetans in exile; (3) expresses concern over incidents of ill treatment of transiting Tibetans in border areas; and (4) urges continued cooperation with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Kathmandu.

Expresses the sense of Congress that the President and the Secretary of State (as well as U.S. and European parliamentarians in the United States-European Interparliamentary Group) should initiate steps to encourage the Government of the People's Republic of China to enter into negotiations with the Dalai Lama or his representatives leading to an agreement on Tibet.

Establishes within the Department of State a United States Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues who shall promote substantive dialogue between the Government of China and the Dalai Lama or his representatives.

Directs the U.S. executive director of each international financial institution, including the Export-Import Bank of the United States, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and the Trade and Development Agency, to support projects in Tibet consistent with specified principles.

Sets forth provisions with respect to: (1) the release of, and access by humanitarian organizations to, Tibetan prisoners detained in China because of their political or religious beliefs; (2) the establishment of a U.S. branch office in Lhasa, Tibet; (3) Tibetan language training to U.S. foreign service officers assigned to the consulate in China; (4) U.S. promotion of economic development, cultural preservation, health care, and education and environmental sustainability for Tibetans inside Tibet; (5) Tibet considerations at the United Nations; and (6) the end of religious persecution in Tibet.