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US Offers 1.7 Million Dollars for Tibet Projects

[WTN-L World Tibet Network News. Published by The Canada Tibet Committee. Issue ID: 03/04/25; April 25, 2003.]

WASHINGTON, April 24 (AFP) - The United States said Thursday it was putting up 1.7 million dollars to support projects which foster links between Americans and people in Chinese-ruled Tibet.

The State Department announced an open competition for US-based groups to tender for development, cultural, educational and cultural exchange projects "to promote understanding between the people of the United States and the people of the Tibetan ethnic group living in China."

The department said that projects should be aimed at engaging public health leaders to tackle "debilitating" health problems ethnic Tibetans face in China. It also invited tender for projects which would aid conservationists, tourism planners and entrepreneurs.

The United States, along with allied governments, has repeatedly urged Beijing to improve its human rights record in Tibet, and to engage its spiritual leader the Dalai Lama in dialogue on how to administer the Himalayan region.

The Dalai Lama fled Tibet in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule and established a government-in-exile in Dharamsala, India.


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