>> US House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, in Northern India Tuesday, meeting with the Dalai Lama to shed light on human rights in Tibet, with a bipartisan congressional delegation in tow. The trip comes at a delicate moment for US President Donald Trump, as he cozies up to China, and as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plays down human rights in US foreign policy, in an effort to contain a nuclear armed North Korea.
The shift in policy raising fears that the Dalai Lama, leader of the Tibetan government exiled in India, could lose the US as a key ally in the West, and may not get an invite to the Trump White House, as he has with previous administrations. With this trip, the lawmakers say they'd like to hold China accountable for human rights abuses, and protect the identity of the Tibetan people.
Since the Beijing Olympics in 2008, human rights activists say, authorities have cracked down on Tibetan dissent, China even pressuring foreign governments to give Tibet the cold shoulder, as it hope to maintain its grip on Tibet, since taking control in 1950. The Dalai Lama escaped to India from Tibet in 1959.