Pompeo names human rights official to help coordinate relations with Tibet to China’s dismay

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appointed senior human rights official Robert Destro, as a special coordinator for Tibetan issues, in a move that could increase tensions between the United States and China.

Destro, the assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, would “lead U.S. efforts to promote dialogue between the People’s Republic of China and the Dalai Lama or his representatives; protect the unique religious, cultural, and linguistic identity of Tibetans; and press for their human rights to be respected,” Pompeo said in a statement, reported by Reuters.

The position to coordinate issues with Tibet has been vacant since the beginning of President Trump’s
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