By Tenzin Sangmo
Tibetans in Minnesota gearing up for the Election Day/RTYC MN FB page
DHARAMSHALA, Nov. 7 : The recent US midterm election saw the Democrats winning the house of representatives after eight years but failing to dismantle the Republican’s stronghold in the Senate.
Held on November 6th, the same day as the third cycle of UPR of PRC in Geneva, the election also saw a strong involvement of Tibetan diaspora in the US, now amounting to around 30,000 members.
Nancy Pelosi, the minority leader of the US House and a staunch Tibet supporter, remarked after the Democrats win that America had enough of division and they will work together with the Republican.
However, it is not certain whether she will be appointed the speaker of the house again as there are calls from certain sections within the party for a new face.
Democrats are now in a position to deliberate on legislation bills from being passed as a law but cannot stop Trump from choosing his nominees for the supreme court and cabinet.
Pelosi, in her statement made on the passing of late Lodi Gyari, former Special Envoy for the Dalai Lama and Executive Chairman of the International Campaign for Tibet, wrote “The situation in Tibet is a challenge to the conscience of the world. If we do not speak out for human rights in Tibet and China because of commercial interests, then we lose all moral authority to talk about human rights in any other place in the world.”
Aftab Pureval, the Democrat’s candidate for the US House from Ohio 1st District, an American of Indian and Tibetan descendent lost the midterm election to Steve Chabot, a veteran Republican congressman by securing 46.4% of votes to Chabot’s 51.8%.
When he won the Democratic Primary in March this year, he told NDTV, “My story is improbably American. I am the son of a refugee. My mother was born in Tibet and she was forced to flee her home country along with my grandparents. They (Tibetan community) are very excited. I am connected with a lot of the community in all parts of the country through social media. They have been incredibly supporting of my efforts.”
Experts on the other hand observe that the midterm election result is unlikely to change the US-China trade war. One common thing among the voters of both parties is the shared sentiment that China should be tackled stringently.