The United States and China have imposed visa restrictions on each other in tit-for-tat moves over their discrepancies on Tibet, adding fuel to the diplomatic strain between the superpowers.
China announced on Wednesday that she curbs on people from the US who “behave badly” on Tibet-related issues, thereby retaliating American curbs unveiled a day before.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday he was taking action against an unknown number of officials under a new US law that presses China to let Americans visit the far west region, renewing a call for “meaningful autonomy” in the predominantly Buddhist area.
The US action comes a day after the 85th birthday of the Dalai Lama, who has spent most of his life in exile in India.
While the Dalai Lama is believed to be in good health, the charismatic monk has reduced his once constant travel, raising fears that the spotlight on Tibet will fade without him.