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U.S. Congress members tell of their visit to Tibet

U.S. Congress members tell of their visit to Tibet

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) and Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) haven’t been afraid to speak out about what they see as repressive Chinese policies in Tibet.

Pelosi this year delivered a speech on the House floor celebrating the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday (Beijing regards the Buddhist leader as a “splittist”). McGovern sponsored a bill that would bar certain Chinese officials from the United States as long as China continues to significantly restrict American  diplomats, journalists and others from Tibetan areas.

So, many people were surprised when it came to light last week that Pelosi, McGovern and a group of other Democratic...

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