Friday 2014/07/25

Tibet

China appoints new Tibet governor, hardline policies to remain

Chinese military personnel carrying fire extinguisher walks in front of Jokhang temple at Barkor Square in Lhasa, TibetChinese military personnel carrying fire extinguisher walks in front of Jokhang temple at Barkor Square in Lhasa, Tibet
x
Chinese military personnel carrying fire extinguisher walks in front of Jokhang temple at Barkor Square in Lhasa, Tibet
Chinese military personnel carrying fire extinguisher walks in front of Jokhang temple at Barkor Square in Lhasa, Tibet

(Reuters) - China appointed a new governor for remote and restive Tibet on Tuesday, naming a hardline ethnic Tibetan in a signal that the government has no plans to ease up on its tight control on the Himalayan region.

Losang Gyaltsen, 55, was elected at the end of the annual meeting of Tibet's largely rubber stamp regional assembly, and replaces previous governor Padma Choling, according to an announcement by the official Xinhua news agency.

Losang Gyaltsen is a former mayor of Tibetan capital Lhasa and once taught Marxist theory, according to his official biography. His name is also spelled Losang Jamcan in English.

He reports to Tibet's top official, Communist Party chief Chen Quanguo, a position which traditionally has always been held by a Han Chinese rather than an ethnic Tibetan.

"He's rather hardline, but all officials at that level are the same," said prominent Tibetan writer Woeser. "There will be no real change in Tibet."

China has defended its iron-fisted rule in Tibet, saying the mountainous region suffered from dire poverty, brutal exploitation and economic stagnation until 1950, when Communist troops "peacefully liberated" it.

A post in Tibet is one of the most challenging positions for Communist Party officials, but can also be a route to higher office if they are judged to have performed well.

President Hu Jintao served as party boss in Tibet from 1988-1992, while rising star Hu Chunhua, recently appointed party chief in booming Guangdong province and seen as a possible future president, has some two decades of Tibet experience.

Speaking to Tibet's legislature on Tuesday, the new governor, Losang Gyaltsen, said the government would "resolutely struggle" against exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, who China accuses of promoting violent separatism, charges he denies.

"We will unswervingly protect the unity of the motherland and ethnic harmony ... and maintain harmony and stability in Tibet," the China News Service quoted him as saying.

"Harmony and stability are the basic guarantee of Tibet's development and prosperity," he added.

China has tightened already strict controls in Tibet since an upsurge in self-immolations by Tibetans protesting Chinese rule over the past two years, though most of the burnings have happened in heavily Tibetan areas outside of what China calls the Tibet Autonomous Region.

Almost 100 Tibetans have set themselves alight since the protests began in 2009, most of whom have died.

Despite expectations for improvement, the crackdown inside Tibet could become even worse once Chinese Communist Party boss Xi Jinping becomes president in March as he seeks to cement his rule, said an overseas Tibetan rights advocate.

"I wouldn't be surprised if at the beginning of his tenure things might get worse before they get better, because he will want to stamp his authority early on," said Kate Saunders of the International Campaign for Tibet.

Xi's late father, Xi Zhongxun, a liberal-minded former vice premier, had a close bond with the Dalai Lama before the monk fled into exile in 1959 following a failed uprising against Chinese rule.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani)
This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

LATEST NEWS

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Kunleng News Jul 23, 2014i
X
23.07.2014
དཀྱིལ་ཤར་གྱི་འཐབ་འཁྲུག་མཚམས་འཇོག་ཡོང་ཐབས། མ་ལེ་ཤི་ཡའི་གནམ་གྲུའི་ཆག་སྒོ་ལ་རྒྱལ་སྤྱིའི་རྟོག་དཔྱོད། མ་ལེ་ཤི་ཡའི་གནམ་གྲུའི་ཆག་སྒོ་ལ་རྒྱལ་སྤྱིའི་རྟོག་དཔྱོད། མཛད་འཕྲིན་ལེགས་གྲུབ་དང་བཞུགས་སྒར་དུ་ཞབས་སོར། འཕྲུལ་སྒྲའི་རྒྱུད་ལམ་བེད་སྤྱོད་ལོག་པ་གཏོང་བ། ཨ་མི་རི་ཀ་ཟླ་བའི་སྟེང་དུ་འགྲོ་སྐྱོད་བྱས་ཏེ་ལོ་ངོ་༤༥འཁོར་བ།

KUNLENG DISCUSSION

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Launch of Book Series On Mind And Matter Sciences In Buddhismi
X
23.07.2014
Kunleng discusses the ‘Compendium of Buddhist Science’, a series of books that draw scientific material from the Kangyur and Tengyur texts that was launched recently by His Holiness the Dalai Lama during the Kalachakra teachings in Leh, Ladakh. Guest : Tromthog Rinpoche, Abbot of Namgyal Monastery and head of the selected team of Tibetan Buddhist Scholars.
Video

Video Launch of Book Series On Mind And Matter Sciences In Buddhism

Kunleng discusses the ‘Compendium of Buddhist Science’, a series of books that draw scientific material from the Kangyur and Tengyur texts that was launched recently by His Holiness the Dalai Lama during the Kalachakra teachings in Leh, Ladakh. Guest : Tromthog Rinpoche, Abbot of Namgyal Monastery and head of the selected team of Tibetan Buddhist Scholars.
Video

Video Dharamsala Men-Tsee-Khang’s New Chinese Section

The Tibetan Medical And Astrological Institute launches an initiative to introduce Tibetan medicine to Chinese people through its new Chinese language section.
Video

Video Exile Tibetan Parliament’s Letter To Xi Jinping

Kunleng discusses the exile Parliament’s appeal to President Xi Jinping to allow a fact finding mission to Tibet, and to take steps towards resolving the issue of Tibet through the resumption of talks.
Video

Video Sister Settlements Project

The sister settlements projects between Tibetan Associations of New York & New Jersey and the Tibetan refugee settlements of Bandara and Hunsur in India. Guest: Kunga Thinley and Kalsang Gyatso, former President and Vice President of New York and New Jersey Tibetan Associations
Video

Video Refugee Status for Tibetans in Europe

The impact of changing immigration laws in Switzerland and Belgium on Tibetan asylum seekers in the two countries. Chidue Wangpo Tethong, Representative of Tibetans in Europe in the Tibetan Parliament in Exile.
More

CYBER TIBET

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Cyber Tibet Jul 11, 2014i
X
11.07.2014
Cyber Tibet introduces two new literature websites, www.korawa.com/, http://tsanpo.com/ , discusses how the internet is impacting Tibetan language with writer-researcher Chung Tsering and historian blogger Sherab, and concludes with a birthday song for the Dalai lama by a Dekyi Choedon.
Video

Video Cyber Tibet Jul 11, 2014

Cyber Tibet introduces two new literature websites, www.korawa.com/, http://tsanpo.com/ , discusses how the internet is impacting Tibetan language with writer-researcher Chung Tsering and historian blogger Sherab, and concludes with a birthday song for the Dalai lama by a Dekyi Choedon.
Video

Video Cyber Tibet June 27th, 2014

Cyber Tibet introduces a new science website http://www.tsaluma.com/ , looks at Tibetan netizen’s discussion on Tibetan social media photos including pictures of novelist and Tibetan Filmmaker Pema Tseden, interviews internet commenter Thupten Norsang on humorous short videos from Tibet, and plays a music video by Tenpa Wangmo which was reposted by exile singer Phurbu T Namgyal on his facebook account.

Contact Us