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According to the White House, "The United States... [does] not support Tibetan independence. The United States strongly supports human rights and religious freedom in China." Are these two ideas contradictory?

According to the White House, "The United States... [does] not support Tibetan independence. The United States strongly supports human rights and religious freedom in China." Are these two ideas contradictory?
  • If you support human rights, you should support Tibetan independence

    It's contradictory for the US to claim it supports human rights, but not support independence for people who have been the victims of some of the worst human rights violations in human history. These violations actually continue to this day. Yet the US clearly values the economic benefit of having China as a trading partner above the human rights of the Tibetan people.

  • The ideas are contradictory, but for a reason.

    Interfering with the Tibetan struggle for Independence cannot be addressed by the US due to the nature of the organizations involved. Tibet's people want a peaceful seperation from China. They do not have a military or even a decent sized rebel force. The Americans cannot support people like that. Americans would support any action that they understood as effective. The Tibetans have not proposed any situation that the US can act on. Simply yelling for help in a room doesn't mean anyone is listening.

  • the White House

    I personally agree,The fact of the matter is it is in Russia’s interest for the violence to end in
    Ukraine, as it is in the interest of the United States and our European friends,
    and of course, most importantly, the Ukrainian people. And we welcome the
    cessation of violence and we welcome the agreements that have been reached. And
    the measures that have been passed through the Parliament are still at an
    implementation stage and we monitor this very closely.

  • That statement does not make sense.

    Of course that statement is contradictory. If the United States truly supported religious freedom and human rights in China, it would have supported a free Tibet. While Tibet was a religious state led by a Buddhist, the Dalai Lama, China attempted to forcibly eradicate this religion. The United States is trying to talk out both sides of its mouth on this issue.

  • Yes They Are

    I believe the only reason the White House states that we do not support Tibetan independence is the fact that the Chinese are holding us hostage on the matter. The United States is indebted to the Chinese and because of this we can't cross some of their beliefs. I believe this is a great disservice because the majority of the American citizens actually do support Tibetan independence. I believe it doesn't contradict the fact that the US supports human rights and religious freedom in China. We shouldn't have to meet China's demands or feel forced to agree with them on their policies.

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