The Pentagon said Wednesday that a U.N. Security Council resolution that demanded Beijing stop its illegal occupation of Tibet is being used by Beijing to threaten to invade the Himalayan nation.
The Security Council statement issued Wednesday said China’s actions, including the “illegal occupation of a contiguous part of the Tibetan plateau and its use of force to seize the strategic and tactical advantage” of the region, “threaten the security and stability of the People’s Republic of China and its neighbors.”
“These actions are an affront to China’s sovereign rights and legitimate interests, and undermine the credibility of the Security Council’s ability to ensure international peace and security,” the statement said.
China has said its actions are necessary to prevent the “escalation” of tensions with the Dalai Lama, who was exiled in India in 1959.
The Dalai Lama’s supporters say the Chinese government is seeking to prevent Tibetans from returning to their homeland in the Himalayas.
The resolution was passed by a vote of 16-0, including all but one member, China.
The U.K. said Wednesday the resolution was “a brazen attempt by Beijing, and the Chinese people, to escalate tensions by making a new threat against Tibetans” by using the Security Committee’s veto power.