UK to create 50 new diplomatic posts in China
[11 May 2011] Foreign Secretary William Hague has announced in Parliament the creation of 50 new diplomatic posts in China. However, it is not yet clear whether additional resources are being granted to monitor Tibetan regions and human rights.

China-UK flagDespite overall cuts to the Foreign Office's budget, William Hague said the current government will increase the number of diplomatic posts around the world. In particular, he said, "We will significantly increase our presence in India and China, the world’s two emerging superpowers. We will strengthen our frontline staff in China by up to 50 officials and in India by 30, working to transform Britain’s relationship in their fastest growing cities and regions."

Tibet Society welcomes the increased diplomatic presence in China, which it lobbied for in 2010 as part of the Tibet Mass Lobby. However, it remains to be seen if sufficient resources are being allocated to monitor Tibetan regions and human rights. To that end Tibet Society is contacting the Foreign Office for clarification and the chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet, Fabian Hamilton MP, will be making similar enquiries. Further details will be posted once known.

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